Mamás del Río

In rural Amazonian communities, mothers and babies struggle to overcome great challenges every day. How do we build bridges of hope on this journey?
We are an initiative that seeks to transform health in Amazonian communities, empowering Community Health Workers (CHW) with technology to improve the health of their communities by promoting equitable and sustainable access to essential health care.

Our history

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Mamas de la frontera

In 2015 and 2016, the focus was on improving maternal and neonatal health by working with technologically equipped CHWs. From 2017 to 2021, the evaluation of the program was carried out, concluding that Mamas del Río is an effective intervention that improves maternal and child health, expanding to the Colombian Amazon with Mamas de la Frontera. The project encompasses critical actions such as citizen access to government social programs and promotes lasting change in community health, recognizing CHWs as essential in the health system.

Where do we work?

In 84 communities in the Loreto region, located in the districts of Nauta, Parinari and Saquena.

In 38 communities on the Peru – Colombia border located along the Putumayo River, in the Teniente Manuel Clavero and San Antonio del Estrecho districts (Peru); and Puerto Leguízamo and El Encanto (Colombia)

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Mamás del Río Team

The substrate of our project
Magaly Blas
Magaly Blas
Executive director
Angela Alva
Angela Alva
Operational manager
Adriana Garcia
Adriana García
Development and Community Relations Coordinator.
Lisa Woodson
Lisa Woodson
Sexual and reproductive health researcher
Tania Arbizu
Tania Arbizu
Communications director
Eugenio Huamán
Eugenio Huamán

Our Allies

  • Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores
    Ministerio de Salud del Peru
    Gerencia Regional de Salud de Loreto
    Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo
  • Grand Challenges Canada
  • Etnollano

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