Saving the Lives of Mothers and Newborns in the La Libertad Region of Peru

Saving the Lives of Mothers and Newborns

The goal of Pathfinder’s maternal and newborn work is to develop a replicable continuum of care model so that mothers and their newborns have access to help and information at every point—from the household to the hospital—and then safely home. In Peru, Pathfinder works closely with the Peruvian Ministry of Health  to improve mother and newborn health and reduce maternal mortality in La Libertad region of Peru. In 2011, La Libertad had the second highest number of maternal deaths in Peru and continues to face challenges to maternal health today.

To achieve the lofty goal of reducing maternal mortality, Pathfinder works through medical schools, grassroots organizations, and local governments to improve the responsiveness and effectiveness of maternal and neonatal services. Pathfinder's work is key to increasing the capacity of physicians, nurses and midwives to provide quality maternal and neonatal health services at all levels of the health care system—including hospitals, health centers, and health posts.

Because sustainability is crucial to the project's success, Pathfinder works closely with the Ministry of Health, the National Strategy on Sexual and Reproductive Health and the Health Department of the Region of La Libertad, the Regional Government of La Libertad and the Peruvian Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology to promote a concerted and sustained action to address maternal death in this region of Peru.

Pathfinder aims to achieve the following objectives:

  • By 2015, increase capacity of 486 health providers to provide quality maternal and neonatal care in 59 health facilities in the provinces of Otuzco and Julcán in La Libertad.
  • By 2015, improve community members’ knowledge of safe maternal and neonatal practices in the provinces of Otuzco and Julcán in La Libertad.
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