Intercultural Health

intercultural-health-atalayaSince 2006, INMED’s Healthy Mothers and Babies program has worked to strengthen local capacity to improve maternal and neonatal health in remote communities in the Ucayali region of Peru. This program increased the usage, coverage and quality of maternal and child health services, with a special focus on indigenous populations whose social exclusion and physical isolation from health care facilities places them at high risk for maternal and infant mortality.

Key to the success of this J&J-supported program has been the adaptation and implementation of health education materials in indigenous languages, the establishment of maternity waiting homes and the introduction of traditional practices, such as vertical birthing, to promote institutional delivery among the indigenous populations at highest risk for maternal and infant mortality.

For a personal account of one CHW working with indigenous mothers, read Diana’s story.

 

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