The Latin American Center for Perinatology / Women's Health and Reproductive Health (CLAP/WR) of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) provides technical cooperation of excellence to promote, strengthen and improve health care for women, mothers and newborns in the countries of the Region of the Americas. It was created in 1970 in Montevideo and currently is part of the Family, Health Promotion and Life Course (FPL) Department.
With a rights perspective, the Center’s actions are based on a strategy that includes comprehensive approaches within the framework of health programs with universal coverage and inclusive systems, which recognize links between health and gender, and social determinants such as poverty and education.
Its working areas are framed within several goals of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 3, such as reducing the maternal mortality rate, reducing neonatal mortality and premature mortality due to non-communicable diseases through prevention and treatment. It also seeks to guarantee universal access to sexual and reproductive health services, including contraception, information and education, and the integration of reproductive health into national strategies and programs.
To be a center of technical excellence and regional leadership, which generates and disseminates knowledge with a multidisciplinary perspective, provides policy and technological development and builds solutions in perinatal, women's and sexual and reproductive health, working with the governments of the countries of the Americas and the Caribbean.
To promote, strengthen and increase the capacities of the countries of the Region of the Americas in the health care of women, mothers and newborns, with men participation. To help to identify and apply sustainable solutions as part of a cooperation network, with the capacity to replicate, use and mobilize own and other institution resources to guarantee the best response for each specific situation.
•Equity: Striving for fairness and justice by eliminating differences that are unnecessary and avoidable.
•Excellence: Achieving the highest quality in what we do.
•Solidarity: Promoting shared interests and responsibilities and enabling collective efforts to achieve common goals.
•Respect: Embracing the dignity and diversity of individuals, groups and countries.
•Integrity: Assuring transparent, ethical, and accountable performance.