Trujillo, on Peru’s northern coast, is the nation’s third most populous city, with its population of approximately 970,000. The city is made up of seven districts; the CHAMPS site is in one of these: La Esperanza (“hope”). Hope is what drives poor peasant farmers from the Andes mountains down to the city, as millions have done over the last decade. In just a few years, an influx of 200,000 new residents has transformed the desert foothills on the Trujillo’s borders into a new urban community. It is a slum. Infrastructure and services can be severely lacking—or nonexistent.
Malnutrition and anemia are widespread among pregnant women and young children. Trained healthcare professionals to staff mission hospitals are lacking.
Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene
Mothers and other poor women in this community must leverage their collective resources to have safe water delivered and to support one another and their children.
In impoverished regions of Peru, women suffer discrimination because of their lack of education and poverty. Discrimination, lack of education, and social stigma can restrict access to services.
How We Are Responding
Working with Peru’s ministry of health, CMMB is fostering a cooperative approach to effective healthcare for the most vulnerable. To enable women and children to lead healthy, productive lives, we:
- Have community health agents supervise iron supplementation program. Recovery rates have been phenomenal: 32% among children, and 73% among pregnant women. Prevention and treatment of anemia are a priority.
- Deploy trained CHAs, who are community leaders (and often CMMB beneficiaries), to serve as ambassadors within marginalized communities, conducting nearly 29,000 individual health counseling sessions.
- Provide volunteer medical professionals to support partner facilities: Micro Red de Salud La Esperanza, Health Post Bellavista, and Belen Hospital in Trujillo. From assisting at deliveries to treating anemia, CMMB volunteers work with local staff to provide high-quality, compassionate care.
- Are empowering the most vulnerable women by providing them with training and tools to become leaders and role models in their communities.
Empowering Vulnerable Women in Peru
In impoverished regions of Peru, women suffer discrimination because of their lack of education and poverty. CMMB is working to empower the most vulnerable women by providing them with training and tools so that they can become leaders and role models in their communities.
Rehabilitation with Hope
Rehabilitation with Hope is a community-based service program in Peru, which assists children with physical and cognitive disabilities by providing much needed access to quality therapy, and is based on the implementation of the World Health Organization’s community-based rehabilitation model.
Watch how this program is transforming the lives of children with disabilities and their families.
Supporting a holistic, sustainable approach to healthcare for women and children
We believe in compassion.
Adriana, a registered nurse volunteering with the Bon Secours Sisters at the Trujillo CHAMPS site, stands out for her loving approach. Her patients have been grateful for her respect and her skill. She recalls one patient: "She gave me a big hug and a kiss on the cheek to show her gratitude after I cleaned her wound. Even the simplest things you do can mean so much." The CMMB volunteer program makes a significant contribution to healthcare in Trujillo, providing skilled services at a clinic where patients do not need to pay—in a community where poverty makes healthcare costs a significant barrier to care.Learn More
We believe in working efficiently toward community health.
The First 1,000 Days project—one element of CHAMPS—supports mothers like Diana. When her daughter, Bianca, was born, Diana was anxious and insecure, even desperate, about doing the right thing for her newborn. Community health agent Katia taught Diane how to care for the child. When Katia learned that Bianca was suffering from anemia—like so many other young children in Trujillo with too little protein in their diet—Katia visited the family weekly to give Bianca a prescription medicine to increase her iron level. With such interventions, CMMB sees the number of anemia cases drop 30 percent annually.Learn More
We believe in healthy households.
Nine-year-old Miranda will never forget the first time she washed her hands with soap and boiled water to eliminate transmission of diseases. She loves to show visitors how it works. For more than five years, CMMB has been teaching Trujillo families how to create family hygiene stations. All the families that CMMB has worked with have adopted at least three such healthy home improvements, reducing their risk for diarrhea and improving their overall health.Learn More
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