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For indigenous women and children in Panama, the disparities in health access and health outcomes translate into alarmingly high mortality and injury. In fact, 3 X higher than average for indigenous women in Latin America. The “Ngäbe Buglé, with 156,747 inhabitants (2010 census), are among the most impoverished and least medically served in the country (multidimensional poverty index score of 0.469); highest of all the regions in the country. Lack of access to prenatal care has been identified as a main cause of injury and mortality; >90% preventable. Approximately 40% of pregnant women receive no prenatal care and 60% of births occur at home.

Care is generally provided by traditional midwives (Comadronas); most lacking formal training and diagnostic tools.

The Manchichi program is based on Phalarope’s Ixchel Midwife Program successfully implemented in 8 rural Mayan communities in Guatemala. Attesting to the encouraging results, this Rotary supported project has now expanded to 13 additional communities. The program is unique in that it focuses attention on the traditional midwives in these communities who become equipped and trained in the use of basic diagnostics and care. They learn how to identify signs, symptoms, and underlying causes that put the pregnant women and their babies at risk. These communities then have a corps of highly effective, community-based sentinels in constant vigilance for the health of mothers and infants.

Continue Reading about the Manchichi Program HERE

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