Saving the Lives of Mothers and Newborns in the Health Network of Otuzco and Julcán in the La Libertad Region of Peru
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 is currently implementing a project to advance the Peruvian Ministry of Health strategy to improve mother and newborn health, with the project goal of contributing to reducing maternal mortality in La Libertad region of Peru. In 2011, this region had the second highest number of maternal deaths in Peru, and the highest number in the governments’ ranking, with 44 maternal deaths.
In order to improve the quality of maternal and neonatal health services and to promote healthy and safe motherhood in the provinces of Otuzco and Julcán in La Libertad region of Peru, Pathfinder will work through medical schools, grassroots organizations, and local governments to improve the responsiveness and effectiveness of maternal and neonatal services, 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.
Pathfinder will use its strategic partnership 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 will work toward achieving 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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