Mamás del Río

For 10 years, we have empowered the community with education and the use of technology, bringing them closer to health services, to provide well-being, promote health and prevent disease.

Transforming lives of mothers and babies in the Amazon

At Mamas del Río we seek to transform the history of pregnant women and babies in rural communities of the Amazon, promoting simple care practices, teaching how to prevent diseases and encouraging the use of health services, to reduce risks during pregnancy and childbirth by accompanying Furthermore, the first year of the baby's life.

Through the use of a tablet with a simple application, we empower Community Agents, men and women community leaders, to provide and collect valuable information that improves and saves the lives of mothers and babies.
About Mamás del Río Project
We seek to help reduce social inequities, close gaps and change the stories of mothers and babies in our communities with the use of technology that empowers through access to information.
salud materno infantil en areas rurales en la amazonia

Our Challenges

In rural areas of Peru the reality is alarming, with neonatal mortality rates four times higher and maternal mortality rates twice higher than in other areas of the country.

In rural Amazonian communities, approximately 70% of births occur at home and of those, 93% lack specialized assistance. This is due to lack of access to health centers and lack of intercultural understanding. Furthermore, 55% of newborns who die are buried without their death being recorded; many of them, without even having an identity document that recognizes them as Peruvian citizens.

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How do we do it?

  • The Community Health Worker

    The Community Health Agent (ACS) is a person elected by his or her community in a community assembly to ensure its health. The ACS visits the community, performs pregnancy tests and recruits the pregnant women by recording their information on the tablet, after which they make 3 visits before delivery and 8 visits after delivery, in these visits they provide information on simple prevention practices and recognition of warning signs in the pregnant woman and the child.

  • Prenatal Control

    The Community Health Agent aims to encourage pregnant women to carry out their prenatal check-ups at their health center, seeking to overcome any obstacle, doubt or fear that the future mother or her family may have that prevents them from accessing health services. health closest to their community.

  • Birth Plan

    The community health agent (ACS) makes a birth and emergency plan with the pregnant woman, taking into account every factor necessary for it to be successful, whether it is an institutional birth or at home. The ACS gives the pregnant woman a clean birth kit with essential items to maintain cleanliness and safety during birth and also gives her the baby's first clothes. They also involve all the key actors: Family, godparents, midwife and provide what is necessary in case of an emergency.

  • Births

    If the mother decides to give birth at home, the ACS and the midwife are trained to perform thermal and cord care of the baby, as well as encourage breastfeeding immediately after birth.

  • Newborn care

    After delivery, the ACS makes 8 visits until the child is one year old. Of these visits, 3 occur during the first 7 days of the baby's life, during this time the ACS weighs the baby, verifies that it is healthy and confirms that the alarm signals that the mother has previously been taught are being taken into account. , to the midwife and to the family. Once again, they are encouraged to visit the health center to register the newborn, encourage vaccination, well-child checkups, anemia prevention, and obtain their identity document. In the case of the mother, they are also encouraged to go to the health facility and are taught the different family planning methods available.

Our Impact

550 aumento contacto piel a piel
550% increase in skin-to-skin contact between mom and baby
aumento consumo de calostro
117% increase in colostrum consumption
mejora cuidado cordon umbilical
32% improvement in umbilical cord care
aumento de partos institucionales
10% increase in institutional deliveries
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Mamás de la Frontera

As part of the positive impact generated by Mamás del Río, Mamás de la Frontera was born. Discover more about our expansion and the history of the change we are promoting on the Colombian-Peruvian border.

Learn more about Mamás de la Frontera project

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