Efforts to Reduce Maternal Mortality and Improve Young People's Reproductive Health in Mexico and India
October 1, 2003 | Press Release | Population & Reproductive Health

MacArthur has made 11 grants totaling more than $1.9 million to organizations in Mexico and India working to reduce maternal mortality and improve young peoples access to information and services about reproductive and sexual health and rights.

When people have access to good information and health care, they have the capacity to make informed choices about child bearing and family size, said Jonathan Fanton, President of MacArthur. Evidence shows that fertility rates drop when young people receive sexuality education and when women have access to good reproductive health care and services. An indicator of improved health care for individual women as well as their communitiesis a decline in the rate of maternal mortality and morbidity. MacArthur places access to health care and education at the center of its funding to help slow the rate of population growth and work towards a more secure and sustainable world.

The following non-governmental organizations have been awarded grants for their work to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity and improve young peoples access to information and services about reproductive health and rights.

In Mexico the Foundation made the following five grants totaling $932,500:

  • A grant of $190,000 was awarded to Equidad de Gnero: Ciudadana, Trabajo y Familia in support of its work to broaden public support for reproductive and sexual health and rights, including the right to legal abortion services.  The grant will help Equidad raise awareness of these issues in the states of Chiapas, Guerrero and Oaxaca.

  • The Center for Adolescents of San Miguel de Allende (CASA) has received a grant of $70,000 for a program to train peer educators from villages in the state of Guanajuato about sexual and reproductive health and rights. As part of the program, those who have gone through training will adopt rural communities and offer weekly information sessions to train other peer educators from those communities.

  • A grant of $167,500 was made to Investigacin en Salud y Demografia (INSAD) to design and conduct a survey on the sexual and reproductive health of young people between the ages of 13-19 in Oaxaca. The survey is intended to determine the value of interventions designed to delay the age of first pregnancy.

In India the Foundation made six grants totaling $1,030,000:

  • The Foundation for Education and Development (FED) in Rajasthan received a grant of $220,000 for Doosra Dashak, an education program that provides girls and boys in rural Rajasthan with literacy training, income generation opportunities, life skills and reproductive health  information.

  • A grant of $200,000 was made to the International Center for Research on Women(ICRW) to help three non-governmental organizations working on issues of young peoples reproductive health and rights Foundation for Education and Development (FED) in Rajasthan, Samuha in Karnataka and Gujarat AIDS Awareness in Gujarat develop evaluation tools for assessing the effectiveness of their work.

  • The Society for Education Welfare and Action-Rural (SEWA-Rural) in Jhagadia, Gujarat, received a grant of $200,000 to help reduce maternal mortality and morbidity in Jhagadia, Gujarat, by educating healthcare providers and others in the community how to recognize obstetric complications that can occur during pregnancy and childbirth.

  • A grant of $160,000 was made to the Center for Budget and Policy Studies in Bangalore, Karnataka for a project to use budget analysis to advocate for greater government commitment to reducing maternal mortality and morbidity. The project will study how local government institutions deliver maternal and reproductive health services, focusing largely on how much is budgeted for such work compared with funds allotted for other comparable health issues.

  • Samuha in Karnataka, received a grant of $150,000 to help improve the sexual and reproductive health and rights of young people in the urban slums of Bangalore. The grant will be used to launch an information campaign about reproductive and sexual health matters and to hold health education trainings.

  • A grant of $100,000 was made to the Naz Foundation Trust in support of a sexual and reproductive health program for young people in New Delhi. The project is designed to raise awareness among youth of sexual health issues.

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