Grants to Support Efforts to Reduce Maternal Mortality
April 25, 2003 | Press Release | Population & Reproductive Health

MacArthur has made grants totaling more than $1.3 million to five organizations in Mexico working to reduce maternal mortality and improve young people's reproductive and sexual health and rights in Mexico.

"An effective strategy for working toward sustainable levels of population is to find ways to encourage young people to postpone childbearing and to help bring about advances in women's health and rights that allows them to make good decisions about their reproduction," said Jonathan Fanton, President of MacArthur. "We believe that placing women's well-being at the center of population policy and emphasizing the rights of individuals to determine and plan family size is the best approach for addressing the challenges of population growth."

The following five non-governmental groups in Mexico have been awarded grants for their work to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity and improve the reproductive health and rights of young people.

Sociedad Mexicana Pro Derechos de la Mujer (Semillas)
received $660,000 over three years to continue the Foundation's Fund for Leadership Development (FLD) Program in Mexico, which provides fellowships to young people and indigenous women working on projects related to sexual and reproductive health and rights. The fellowships are intended to nurture a new generation of leaders in the field, while working to improve the sexual and reproductive health and rights of young people and decrease maternal death rates.

A $270,000 grant over three years was awarded to Grupo de Informacin en Reproduccin Elegida (GIRE) to help ensure women's access to abortion in cases where it is legal and help improve the possibilities for further decriminalization of abortion in Mexico. This is part of program funded by seven U.S. foundations, including MacArthur, that was initiated in 2000 to support a coalition of non-governmental groups working on these issues across Mexico.

A grant of $225,000 over three years was awarded to Thais Consultoria en Desarrollo Social to help increase the number of young people using reproductive and sexual health services in Mexico. Specifically, the funds will be used to train youth about effective community outreach techniques that encourage more young adults to seek information and services at health centers in the states of Oaxaca and Chiapas.

Fundar, Centro de Anlisis e Investigacion received a grant of $195,000 over three years to track, analyze, and improve the use of public funds allocated for programs to reduce maternal mortality rates in Chiapas, Guerrero and Oaxaca, states most in need of improved reproductive health services and information.

A grant of $150,000 over three years was awarded to Salud Integral para la Mujer (Sipam) to help improve government-sponsored reproductive and sexual health services to youth in Mexico City.


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