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Improving the Health and Survival of Mothers and Newborns in La Libertad

This project reduces maternal and neonatal deaths in the La Libertad region of Peru—the region with the worst maternal mortality rate and neonatal mortality rate in the country. In partnership with the government, we are improving the quality of maternal and neonatal health services across 83 maternal and perinatal health centers.

Project Date: 2012 - present
Funder: MSD for Mothers
Country: Peru
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682 health professionals trained in emergency obstetric and neonatal care

1,540+ people participated in sensitization workshops on maternal and newborn health practices and behaviors

50% drop in maternal deaths from 2012 to 2015 in Otuzco and Julcán regions

4 facilities in Otuzco and Julcán are now performing delivery care 24 hours a day

What We Do

  • Train and mentor health providers, so they can recognize risk factors during pregnancy early on and refer women and their newborns for lifesaving care
  • Link health systems with communities, private and public providers, and between all levels of public health facilities to make sure mothers and babies receive the quality care they need
  • Make sure a full range of contraceptive methods are always available, so people of all ages can choose the option that’s best for them and practice healthy timing and spacing of pregnancies

Project Staff Members

Miguel Gutiérrez

Senior Country Director

Miguel is an obstetrics and gynecology doctor with 35 years of experience in the management, provision of services, teaching, training, and research in sexual and reproductive...

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