Since 1993, we have strengthened the leadership and management skills of health leaders and grassroots organizations to build strong, sustainable, and locally led health systems that improve maternal and child health and promote healthy behaviors.
Water for Health in Peru
Oil drilling in Peru’s Amazon region was poisoning the waterways that many indigenous communities use as their source of drinking water, sickening families and killing children. Water engineering specialist INCLAM Group joined forces with MSH-Peru and the Peruvian government to build and install purification systems in areas affected by oil spills. The custom-made systems, which use local and easy-to-source materials, provide safe water and sanitation to more than 20,000 people, including 3,000 children under five. The prevalence of acute diarrheal diseases in children decreased from 64% to 24% from 2014 to 2017. MSH-Peru coached residents on safe collection, storage, and use of clean water; handwashing; and proper human waste disposal for health promotion and disease prevention. This private-public partnership offers a replicable model that can save lives around the world.
Our technical assistance to Peru, which dates back to 1993 through more than a dozen projects, has helped thousands of individuals, families, and communities live healthy lives while changing paradigms in health care and local development. Our work has strengthened pharmaceutical logistics and management, supported greater access to and uptake of family planning, and helped introduce artemisinin-based combination therapy to treat malaria.
MSH-Peru, an organization MSH helped found in 2014, carries the experience and technical expertise gathered over our decades of work in the country and aims to build local capacity for improved public health care and promote sustainable development for vulnerable populations.
Overview of the Situation of Maternal Morbidity and Mortality: Latin America and the Caribbean
MSH-Peru Communities Collect Data to Bring Change Home
MSH–Peru works with the community neighborhood boards to adopt a survey tool that helps monitor household practices, which helps the board gain an understanding of health, sanitation, nutrition, domestic violence, and other social welfare practices in their community. A USAID partner, MSH-Peru seeks to better understand the relationship between social capital and health, gender disparities, and protection of women, children, and adolescents against violence in families. Core to their approach is community-led action, informed and motivated by community-owned data.