Health & Education
From The Report: Peru 2016
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As diversification efforts continue, the education sector remains a top priority for the government of President Ollanta Humala. Since taking office in 2011, the Humala administration has initiated large-scale reforms aimed at improving educational outcomes. While the presidential elections in 2016 add a degree of uncertainty over the future, there seems to be enough political will to carry the current reform efforts forward. Meanwhile, a push to extend health coverage to more Peruvians has seen significant strides made towards achieving universal health coverage in the past decade. However, rising demand for health care is increasing the burden on already strained public facilities. The reforms initiated under President Humala are expected to increase efficiency and improve service delivery in public facilities in the medium-term. In the meantime, a dynamic private sector is set to benefit from growing demand for private services and new opportunities for public-private partnerships. This chapter contains interviews with Jaime Saavedra, Minister of Education; and Raúl Diez Canseco, Founder, Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola.