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Improving quality of maternal health care for indigenous women in Argentina, Mexico, and Peru

Latin America is home to the greatest inequities in the world, including inequality in access to quality health services. Indigenous peoples have the poorest health in the region, due to such factors as geographic isolation, limited access to safe water, sanitation and food, and a poor understanding of, and sensitivity to, cultural beliefs and practices. Among the indicators of greatest concern is the high rate of maternal mortality. Indigenous women consistently experience higher maternal mortality rates than non-indigenous women in Latin America. Efforts to improve maternal health for indigenous women and adolescent girls must be based on a clear understanding of how to provide and measure high-quality care that ensures adequate health outcomes with dignity. This project examines quality of care from a cultural and a technical perspective in three indigenous communities in Mexico, Peru, and Argentina. Each of these three case studies will explore perceptions of quality care among indigenous women, and will involve collection and analysis of data using a customized framework for quality of care indicators. The study will examine the implementation of integrated health service delivery networks in all the three countries. These networks are designed to coordinate different health providers and services and each country is implementing them differently. The three case studies will examine how the networks positively or negatively influence quality of care processes and outcomes. Results from the individual case studies and from the project as a whole are expected to inform strategies for scaling up efforts to improve quality of maternal care for indigenous populations. Expected outputs include scientific publications in Spanish- and English-language journals, and information sharing via community groups, the local press and social media.

Project ID
107961
Project Status
Completed
End Date
Duration
36 months
IDRC Officer
Adrijana Corluka
Total Funding
CA$ 599,290.00
Location
Argentina
Mexico
Peru
Programs
Global Health
Global Health
Maternal and Child Health
Institution Country
Argentina
Project Leader
Daniel Maceira
Institution
Centro de Estudios de Estado y Sociedad
Institution Country
Mexico
Project Leader
Gustavo Nigenda
Institution
Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Morelos
Institution Country
Peru
Project Leader
OSWALDO LAZO GONZALES
Institution
Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia