Transforming the lives of mothers and babies in the Amazon.

For the past 8 years, we have been empowering the community with education and the use of technology, bringing them closer to healthcare services to promote well-being and prevent illness.
The scientific foundation of our project.
Isotipo de mamas del rio

Mamás del Río Project

In Mamás del Río, we aim to transform the lives of pregnant women and babies in rural Amazonian communities by promoting simple care practices, teaching disease prevention, and encouraging the use of healthcare services to reduce risks during pregnancy and childbirth. Additionally, we provide support during the baby's first year of life.

Through the use of a tablet with a simple application, we empower Community Health Workers, both men and women who are leaders in the communities, to provide and collect valuable information that improves and saves the lives of mothers and babies.
We seek to help reduce social inequities, close gaps, and change the stories of mothers and babies in our communities through the use of technology that empowers through access to information.
Bebe en la amazonia peruana Mamás del Río

Our challenge

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

In Amazonian rural communities, approximately 70% of births occur at home, and of those, 93% lack specialized assistance. This is due to the lack of access to healthcare centers and a lack of intercultural understanding. Furthermore, 55% of newborns who pass away are buried without their deaths being registered; many of them don't even have an identification document that recognizes them as Peruvian citizens.

Where we work

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

In 30 communities on the Peru - Colombia border located along the Putumayo River, in the districts of Teniente Manuel Clavero and San Antonio del Estrecho (Peru); and Puerto Leguízamo and El Encanto (Colombia).
Mapa de zona de intervencion en la selva mamás del rio

How we do it

The Community Health Worker

We conduct an assessment of the watersheds and visit the leader of each community. They choose their Community Health Agent (ACS) through an assembly. The ACS visits the community, performs pregnancy tests, and identifies pregnant women, recording their information on the tablet. Afterward, they conduct three visits before childbirth, during which they provide information about simple prevention practices and identify warning signs.

Prenatal Care

The CHW's goal is to encourage pregnant women to attend their prenatal check-ups at their healthcare center, aiming to overcome any obstacles, doubts, or fears that the expectant mother or her family may have, which could prevent them from accessing the nearest healthcare services in their community.

Birth Plan

They together create a birth plan, taking into account every necessary factor for a successful outcome, whether it's an institutional or home birth. They are provided with a clean birth kit containing essential items to maintain cleanliness and safety during delivery. They also involve all key stakeholders: family, godparents, midwife, and prepare for any necessary actions in case of an emergency.


If the mother decides to give birth at home, the CHW and the midwife are trained to provide thermal care and care for the baby's umbilical cord, as well as encourage breastfeeding immediately after birth.

Care of the newborn

After childbirth, the CHW conducts 3 visits during the first 7 days of the baby's life. During these visits, the baby's weight is measured, and it is ensured that the baby is healthy, and any potential warning signs that have been previously taught to the mother, midwife, and family are confirmed to be taken into account. Once again, they are encouraged to visit the healthcare center to register the newborn, promote vaccination, well-child check-ups, and obtain the baby's identification document

Our impact in changing indicators

550 aumento contacto piel a piel
550% increase in skin-to-skin contact between mother 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 births.

Our impact in changing lives

1500 gestantes beneficiadas
More than 1500 pregnant women benefited.
500 agentes comunitarios de salud
More than 500 CHWs, midwives, and trained healthcare personnel.
600 visitas realizadas
Over 6000 home visits conducted.

We aim to empower and give a voice to the community, by coordinating and building processes that bring them closer to the healthcare services provided by the State.

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