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

·   The president issued instructions to the Minister of Health to implement actions to achieve universal coverage of quality health services.

·   He led the 35th Ordinary General Assembly of the Mexican Health Foundation.

President Enrique Peña Nieto declared today that, “Health is a prerequisite for the exercise of other rights and freedoms.” It is, he continued, “The most precious asset, the basis of individual development and what allows men and women to grow, study, work, have a full life, and enjoy it in the company of their loved ones.”

At the 35th Ordinary General Assembly of the Mexican Health Foundation (FUNSALUD), the president said that health, “Is the basis of the development of a society and the collective development of everything from a community to an entire nation.”

He noted that, “Health indicators accurately reflect society’s income and quality of life.”

He said that as a result, “Since 1983, health protection has been a human right enshrined in our Constitution, and since then, the Mexican government has been working with institutions and public policies to enforce it and achieve universal health coverage.”

President Peña Nieto mentioned some of the progress made in the five health strategies of the National Development Program.

FIRST STRATEGY: Advance 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.

”However, I must say, affiliation is not enough; more infrastructure is required to provide health care to millions of Mexicans. As a result, through the Ministry of Health, the IMSS and ISSSTE, we have built, completed and modernized over 580 hospital units and 2,800 outpatient units with an investment of more than 34 billion pesos.

SECOND: Make protection, promotion and prevention actions a key axis for health improvement. “At this point, we should say that through PREVENIMSS, PREVENISSSTE and the Popular Insurance Scheme’s Safe Consultation Program, we are encouraging the population to adopt better health habits.

He said that, “Health does not begin in hospitals or clinics; health begins at home, with good habits and the way each person takes care of their health.”

“In addition, efforts are being made in campaigns to prevent accidents and in National Health Weeks to promote universal vaccination,” he added.

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

FOURTH: Guarantee effective access to quality health services. “The IMSS and ISSSTE are adopting innovative measures to reduce waiting times in 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. Our country is also working with the World Health Organization on various projects and initiatives, including efforts to cope with the Zika virus.”

The president said that actions such as these have permitted the achievement of encouraging results, and mentioned some of them:

·  In 2014, vaccination coverage of 97.8% was achieved in one-year-old children for measles, mumps and rubella. 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 were reduced by 8 percent.

·  During this period, maternal death rates were reduced by 8 percent.

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

The president declared that despite these advances, “We must continue working to achieve quality universal health services.”

He announced the instructions he has given to the Minister of Health to achieve that goal:


PRIMERA: Accurately identify those with no kind of coverage, by consolidating the lists of various health and social security institutions.

SECOND: Optimize the use of available infrastructure, through better coordination between social security institutions, state health services, and those directly dependent on the Ministry of Health.

THIRD: Given the rapid progress of new technologies, policies for addressing the main health problems in the country should be reviewed. There is a need to evaluate the results achieved and propose the necessary adjustments to advance their prevention, early diagnosis and treatment.

FOURTH: Develop and implement a program designed to improve the services offered by state governments, in primary health care medical units, by linking them to hospital care and specialties.

President Peña Nieto said that, “We live in an era in which the advances in science and medicine allow us to heal diseases and live longer.”

However, he added, “Enjoying a long, full life cannot be the privilege of a few. In Mexico, it is everyone’s right, and governments at all levels are working to make this constitutional mandate a  reality.”

INTEGRAL HEALTH REFORM REQUIRES TIME TO MATURE, ANALYSIS AND THE COMBINATION OF WILLS AND CONVICTIONS: FUNSALUD

Chairman of the Board of the Mexican Health Foundation Pablo Escandón Cusi said that comprehensive health reform requires time to mature and analysis, and the combination of wills and convictions, as happened with the Education and Energy Reforms, “which, through President Peña Nieto’s work and leadership, have laid the foundations for efficient, competitive systems that enhance the quality of life.”

“A significant advance,” said Pablo Escandón, involves the case of the recent amendments to the Science and Technology reforms, constituting a “a new legal framework that will provide enormous support to public research centers that will encourage the long-awaited link between industry and the scientific community in the public sector.”

“This initiative, Mr. President, along with other historically important ones, such as Education and Energy Reform, will undoubtedly constitute part of the significant legislative legacy of your government. The vision and commitment of your leadership have highlighted our legal framework for the Mexico of tomorrow, which give it the mark of a modern, competitive state faced with a complex future,” he said.

He emphasized that the president’s state vision encourages him to present various initiatives. “FUNSALUD and other civil society organizations are prepared to submit various proposals, thereby contributing to the construction of fair, equitable state public policies,” he said.

“FUNSALUD is here, Mr. President, with the unwavering commitment to a changing Mexico that it is already facing a complex, global world. Rest assured that you have our support and backing, as well as that of organized civil society, constantly seeking alternatives to address its health problems,” declared Pablo Escandón.