President Peña Nieto led the 35th Ordinary General Assembly of the Mexican Health Foundation (FUNSALUD). Thanks to the efforts of several generations, the health services offered by the state have been reaching more Mexicans and been of increasingly good quality.

 “Health is the most precious asset. It is the basis of individual development: it is what allows men and women to grow, study and work; have a full life and enjoy it in the company of their loved ones.” 

Since 1983, health protection has been a Human Right enshrined in the Constitution, and since then, the Mexican government is working with institutions and public policies to enforce it and achieve universal health coverage. 

National Development Program

Progress in the five health strategies between 2012 and 2015:

FIRST: Advancing the construction of a universal health care system. To date, the list of Popular Insurance affiliates exceeds 57 million people, nearly four and a half million more than at the beginning of this administration.

Through the Ministry of Health, the IMSS and ISSSTE, over 580 hospital units and over 2,800 outpatient units have been built, completed and modernized with an investment of more than 34 billion pesos.

SECOND: Making protection, promotion and prevention actions a key axis for health improvement. PREVENIMSS, PREVENISSSTE and the Safe Popular Insurance Consultation Program have encouraged the population to adopt better health habits.

THIRD: Improving the health care of the vulnerable population. A key feature of this category is the Mobile Medical Units Program, serving more than 4.2 million people living in almost 25,000 scattered locations.

FOURTH: Ensuring effective access to quality health services. The IMSS and ISSSTE are adopting innovative measures to reduce waiting times for emergency care, as well as surgery scheduling and family medicine consultations.

FIFTH: Promoting international cooperation in health. Mexico encouraged one of the sustainable development goals of the United Nations 2030 Agenda to be health and well-being. It is also working with the World Health Organization on various projects and initiatives.

Results

In 2014, 97.8% vaccination coverage for one-year-old children was achieved for measles, rubella and mumps. As a result, Mexico achieved the objective pledged in the Millennium Development Goals.

Between 2012 and 2014, infant mortality dropped by 6.1 per cent while mortality rates for the under fives fell by 7 percent. During this same period, maternal death rates declined by 8 percent.

According to CONEVAL, 4.5 million Mexicans overcame the lack of access to health services during this period. 

"Despite these advances, we must continue working to achieve quality universal health services.”