Peru holds multi-stakeholder review of success factors for women’s and children’s health

26-27 MARCH 2014 | LIMA, PERU

Over 60 participants from various sectors took part in a two day multi-stakeholder review and policy analysis workshop of the success factors for women’s and children’s health in Peru. The objective of the workshop was to review and discuss the role of various sectors in the success of health and poverty alleviation in Peru, and to analyse gaps and priority areas for improvement.

Key features of the meeting included a reflection on the important moment Peru is passing through, having made huge advances in progress with MDGs 1, 4 and 5, implemented a great drive for social inclusion which was initiated by the top political echelons, as well as the emergence of an increased international interest in the development of the country— the Director-General of WHO visited the country recently and the iERG is planning a visit in May.

Discussions also turned to some of the trouble areas with a focus on the fact that despite marked successes, some of the indicators in health are plateauing. However, it should be noted that there is a reform in the health sector currently taking place which aims to enhance and sustain the progress being made. Chronic malnutrition and child development, were among the other concerns raised as well as inequities among regions, in particular, the Amazons. It was acknowledge that additional efforts would be needed to continue improving in all areas.

There was a strong multisectoral showing at the workshop which included civil society, UN agencies and health care professional associations. The meeting which was opened by Dr Leannes the OPS/WHO AMRO Peru Representative, also had representatives from various ministries in the Peruvian government including, the Ministry of Health; Ministry of Policies for Development (which links development programmes with other ten Ministries); and Ministry of Economy and Finance. The global success factors project was presented along with a current situational analysis by Luis Huicho from the Countdown to 2015, and reactions from Federico Arnillas, president of the Roundtable on the fight against poverty.

The meeting was described as a challenge to move out ‘of the comfort zone’ and an opportunity for reflection. It provided a chance for key discussions leading to recommendations for a way forward in tackling inequities.

Participants:

Dr Leannes and Dr DiaI OPS/WHO AMRO in-country staff-and in Washington Dr Matilde Pinto, Dr Jose del Carmen Sara, Vice-Minister of Public Health, MINSA Peru, Dr Alfonso Tolmos, Vice-Minister Policy and Social Development, MIDIS Peru, Dr Andres de Francisco- Deputy Director, PMNCH, UNFPA, UNICEF, Gaston Garatea-Coordination of the National investment for infants, Victor Bocanceg, Social Development Unit of the Public Budget, Civil Society: Susana Chaves-Promsex, Defensoria del Pueblo, Mesa de Concertacion para la lucha contra la Pobreza; academic/health care professional institutions: Cayetano Heredia University; Sociedad Peruana de Pediatria; Colectivo de Salud Neonatal; and Centros de capacitacion.

Success Factors in Women’s and Children’s Health

The Success Factors for Women’s and Children’s Health Study aims to answer the questions why some countries at similar levels of income are better than others at preventing maternal and child deaths, or what strategies they have used to accelerate progress.

Peru is one of 10 ‘fast-track’ countries (which also include Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Egypt, Ethiopia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR), Nepal, Rwanda and Viet Nam) that is making progress to achieve MDGs 4 and 5a (to reduce maternal mortality)8. There is evidence that improvements in gross domestic product per capita are generally correlated with improvements in health and development. Progress in improving the health of women and children can also be accelerated by a range of health sector, multi-sector and cross-cutting strategies.

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