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Argentina 2/27/2015

Province of Córdoba. Floods update, more than 800 people continued evacuated in the province as a result of yesterday’s storm. Around 100 new evacuations were necessary in Santiago Temple and in La Tordilla, two of the most affected localities as reported by the Civil Defense. (os.: CBA.GOV.AR); (m.: CLARIN). 

Peru 2/27/2015

  • Province of Madre de Dios was declared "state of emergency" for 60 days in three districts of the jungle region which is affected by floods generated by the rivers Tahuamanu, Acre, Yaverija, Madre de Dios and its tributaries. (os.: PCM.GOB.PE); (m.: TERRA).
  • Province of Quispicanchi, Department of Cusco, in 7 localities of the department of Cusco precipitations of hail affecting 15 families, cultures and animals are recorded. (os.: INDECI). 

Brazil 2/27/2015

Emergency Declared in Departments of Acre, Amazon, and Santa Catarina in 13 municipalities due to the sudden rise of the Acre River and the flood of great proportion in the Madera River. The capital of Rondonia, Porto Velho, has been declared in a “State of Public Calamity." The water levels of the Acre and Blanco rivers are coming closer to the figures reached in 2012.  (os.: PAHO/BRAZIL).

Bolivia 2/27/2015

Department of Pando, Cachuelita Baja, municipality of Porvenir. Overflow of the Tahuamanu River damages 50% of the crops in Porvenir and isolates Filadelfia. Nearly 1,358 evacuated families and 5,000 affected in the entire department. The Government is assisting in the cleaning process of the areas affected by the flood and is also bringing food to the affected families. (os.: MINDEF); (m.: EL-DEBER). 

Argentina 2/27/2015

Province of Córdoba. Floods update, more than 800 people continued evacuated in the province as a result of yesterday’s storm. Around 100 new evacuations were necessary in Santiago Temple and in La Tordilla, two of the most affected localities as reported by the Civil Defense. (os.: CBA.GOV.AR); (m.: CLARIN). 



PAHO/WHO recognizes the role of birth attendants in displaced communities on the International Women's Day

Experience in Colombia won the V Best Practices Competition incorporating Gender Equality Perspective

Diocelina has forgotten how many children she has helped to bring into the world. She does not know about numbers but she perfectly understands about the signs of life and, with over 80 years, continues to ensure the welfare of many pregnant women in communities where medicine fails for several reasons. These communities have similar characteristics of poverty, marked ethnic differences and are often in the midst of an armed conflict that has affected them for decades.

On the occasion of the International Women's Day, celebrated every March 8, PAHO/WHO recognizes the work of these traditional birth attendants and awarded the prize of Best Practices that incorporate the Gender Perspective to the initiative "Safe Motherhood in the Pacific Cauca: way to a happy delivery"(Colombia). This initiative aims to train traditional birth assistants to identify protective factors and warning signs of the mother and newborn with the objective of reducing barriers to health services in displaced communities.

The most common reasons for choosing a traditional birth attendant instead of a doctor are related to the distances to reach the nearest health center, the lack of resources and the lack of medical staff in communities ravaged by violence or affected by a disaster. However, there are strong reasons that tip the scales in their favor: respect, affection and trust in the work of these women. This work has been strengthened by the constant exchange of knowledge and expertise with medical staff, nurses and health officials.

"Safe Motherhood in the Pacific Cauca: way to a happy delivery" is a joint effort of the Ministry of Health in Colombia, women's networks and the group of traditional birth attendants with the support of the Area on Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Relief of PAHO/WHO, PAHO/WHO in Colombia and is made possible by funds from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department of the European Commission (ECHO). This initiative has been also possible thanks to the support of the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM) in the US Department, the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).

Currently this work is being developed in other departments and municipalities in Colombia and has been requested by several UN agencies and health institutions to improve and strengthen safe motherhood through traditional birth attendants in displaced communities. Ensuring the sustainability of these initiatives, PAHO/WHO recognizes the impact that women leaders as Diocelina have on public health of communities affected by violence or emergencies.


More stories related to this initiative (in Spanish):

Toda una vida dando vida

Mujeres dadoras de vida en el pacifico colombiano

 

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