Telemedicine project in Honduras advances to prevent maternal mortality

12 Dec 2022
Presentación en Honduras

Montevideo, December 12, 2022. The Latin American Center for Perinatology - Women's and Reproductive Health (CLAP/WR) is working on a telemedicine pilot project applied to prenatal care in Honduras and Peru. The goal of this initiative is to improve access to and quality of care during pregnancy, detecting danger signs in a timely manner and contributing to the prevention of maternal mortality.

Within this framework, CLAP/WR advisors Mercedes Colomar and Ariadna Capasso recently made a technical visit to the municipality of Trinidad, in Santa Barbara, Honduras, to determine the feasibility of implementing the initiative in an integrated health center.

The project being implemented in Honduras proposes to carry out two additional teleconsultations in addition to the five required by the country's technical standards. It should be noted that the teleconsultations are carried out with the support of community health volunteers, who were trained and given digital sphygmomanometers to measure the blood pressure of pregnant women in the community. They also orient them on the warning signs and accompany them in the care process.

This pilot project covers the care of pregnant women in three communities; La Zona, La Huerta and El Diviso, in the municipality of Trinidad, Santa Bárbara.

During their visit to the territory, the advisors met with health authorities to learn about their vision of the development of the project and its projection, and with community volunteers who have already been participating in this process, to gather information about their experiences. In addition, a workshop was held to present the project to doctors from CIS Trinidad where the implementation and conditions for its sustainability were discussed.

This action is part of the Health of Women and Adolescents in Vulnerable Conditions Project, with financial support from the Government of Canada.