Location: UC Peru
Grant Amount: $22,790
Program Website: www.inmed.org
Areas of Impact: Economic Sustainability, Health
Mission of INMED
To strengthen the ability of families and communities to support the development of healthy, educated children who have increased opportunities for the future. The goal of the INMED’s Healthy Babies program is to improve maternal and child health in the Ucayali, Peru.
Dining for Women (DFW) will be raising funds to support INMED Partnerships for Children's ongoing project, Healthy Babies: Improving Mother and Child Health in Ucayali, Peru. INMED Partnerships for Children is an international humanitarian development organization that operates in Brazil, Peru, South Africa, Caribbean, and the United States.
In conjunction with our support of INMED, DFW is partnering with The White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood (WRA),by helping to promote the WRA Global Dinner Party in celebration of International Women's Day on March 4th. With members in 143 countries, WRA is a global grassroots movement uniting people from all walks of life to advocate for changes that ensure every woman's access to quality health care before, during and after childbirth.
Why We Love This Project
Peru has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in Latin America (roughly 20 times higher than the United States rate). Thankfully, this rate has decreased as women in urban areas gained greater access to health care facilities, but women in rural communities still lack the care and education they need – trained professionals only attend 44% of rural deliveries. Therefore, DFW is collaborating with INMED’s Peruvian project Healthy Babies: Improving Mother and Child Health in Ucayali, Peru. The Healthy Babies (in Spanish, Bebés Sanitos) program aims to reduce maternal and infant mortality by providing easily accessible emergency obstetrical and maternal health care in remote communities of the Peruvian Amazon. DFW is targeting the program’s first goal: increased knowledge and practice of maternal and newborn care seeking behavior.
The Healthy Babies Program Phase II is a continuation of the program supported by DFW in March 2010. This program will continue to strengthen local capacity to improve maternal and neonatal health in three remote Amazon jungle communities in the Ucayali region of Peru, with special focus on indigenous populations.
Beginning in September 2012, DFW granted $15,000 a year, over three years for a total sustained funding of $45,000. And recommended by the DFW 2011 Peru travel group, we will fund the purchase of a generator.