Every day more than 20,000 children under 5 die from preventable causes including diarrhea, respiratory diseases, malnutrition, measles, and avoidable newborn death. Every year 500,000 women die from causes related to pregnancy and childbirth.
Global Pediatric Alliance works in Latin America to reduce preventable maternal and infant death and improve the quality of life for women and children. Read more about our current projects.
New Report on Maternal and Child Mortality
The Guttmacher Institute released a report on May 28, 2013, demonstrating the need to increase spending in order to successfully reduce maternal and infant mortality worldwide. To read it, visit: "Adding it up: The need for and cost of maternal and newborn care-estimates for 2012".
Photoessay of GPA's midwife training program
In October 2011, volunteer photographer Nikhol Esterás Roberts visited our program and captured beautiful images of midwives and their communities. Click here to see them.
Learn what midwives are doing in Chiapas, Mexico
Watch the inspiring short film "Parteras" on ViewChange.org to learn more about the critical role midwives play in reducing maternal mortality and improving women's health.
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Water System Benefits Over 4,000 Individuals in Rural Guatemala
After 6 months of arduous work and with the aid of a GPA Small Grant, a water catchment system has been completed at a health clinic in the community of Los Jometes in rural Guatemala. The government-run clinic has long served the health needs of over 725 families from six communities, but inadequate infrastructure, staff and resources have inhibited their [.....]
Evaluation shows success with midwife training
GPA recently completed an extensive evaluation of the impact of our training program throughout the region of Zona Norte in Chiapas, and particularly among the 82 traditional midwives who have completed our training courses since 2009. The evaluation indicated that the training program has led to an improvement in knowledge of 83% of traditional midwives, specifically in the areas of [.....]
Becoming a Midwife: The Story of Doña Soraida
This article was contributed by graduate student researcher Jazmine Garcia Delgadillo. Earlier this year while conducting evaluation work we interviewed women who held a very special role in their communities. Though our main objective was to find out what impact GPA has had in their lives, we learned much about their experiences and histories as traditional midwives in Chiapas. The [.....]
One Small Grant with cascading effects
In November 2012, after 8 months of intense training, 20 Health and Emergency Committees trained by GPA’s community partner APROSADSE completed their program with a 7-hour capstone workshop. For these 20 committees, comprising over 100 men and women, it provided an important opportunity to discuss and review in detail the emergency scenarios to which they have been trained to respond. [.....]