Health Care Professional Workshops: Latin American Region


Report of the Workshop

Organizer: International Federation of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Event dates9-10 August 2010
Venue: Bolivia

9 AUGUST 2010 | SANTA CRUZ, BOLIVIA - 60 participants gathered in Santa Cruz, Bolivia as part of the fifth regional workshop on the 'role of health care professionals in achieving MDGs 4 and 5'. Health care professionals from national associations of obstetrics and gynaecology, paediatrics, midwifery, nursing and pharmacy gathered with representatives of Ministries of Health, NGOs such as Save the Children and FCI and PAHO in a 3 day discussion on key issues barring the improvement of the health of women and children in the region. The countries present were Argentina, Bolivia, Paraguay, Perú, Ecuador, Uruguay, Colombia, Chile and Brazil. Structured in two parts, the workshop provided participants with the opportunity to share best practices related to the resolution of key issues and to conduct group work during which national teams identified key barriers and defined actions for addressing these barriers.

Dr Carlos Futchner, representative of the International, Federation of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and meeting organizer welcomed participants. The opening session included interventions from Dr. Sonia Soto, Past Defensora del Pueblo (Ombudsman for Santa Cruz), Dr. Johnny Vedia, Director of National Health, Ministry of Health and Sports, Dr Bremen De Mucio, CLAP, Dr Victor Hugo Parada, President of the Bolivia Medical College, Dr. Andres de Francisco, PMNCH Coordinator, and Dr. Elmer Balderrama, President of the Bolivian Society of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

Preliminary discussions centered on the slow rate of decline of neonatal deaths in the region largely low numbers of post natal care. The presentations and discussions also pointed to strong intercultural issues, poor sexual and reproductive rights resulting in high mortality from unsafe abortions, socio-economic inequity, poor training of health care workers in preventive care initiatives and poor quality of care stemming from compromised training and motivation of some health workers. These discussions set the scene for country group work which targeted the development of national plans of actions targeting the resolution of an identified top three bottlenecks, the development of a resource mobilization plan for the implementation of this action plan and for the definition of national networks of HCPAs to ensure increased collaboration in countries.