USAID/PERU has launched a five-year strategy (2002-2006), which through the CATALYST Consortium, aims to achieve three intermediate results. Some of the activities underway in the five departments San Martin, Junin, Loreto, Ucayali, Huanuco, Pasco- identified by USAID as priority regions include:
1. Adolescent RH and Sex Education: INPPARES YES Program
CATALYST funded two INPPARES YES!! kiosks in Lima in 2002-2003. The YES!! kiosks use peer youth volunteers and INPPARES staff to provide quality sexual and reproductive health information, products, and services including one on one and group counseling and interactive group activities to adolescents in low income communities. First implemented in Lima, USAID is currently reviewing a three year proposal to replicate the YES!! Adolescent reproductive health and sex education model in Cuszo and Huanuco.
2. Commercial Contraceptive Delivery: RedPlan Salud Network of Midwives
The RedPlan Salud midwives network pilot program, designed by CATALYST and the local clinic INPPARES, recruits nurse-midwives and physicians with private practices to serve 30,000 women and their partners living in five low income districts of Lima. CATALYST provides technical assistance to INPPARES in the administration of the network including coordination of social marketing activities, training of midwives, and distribution of contraceptives. Schering Peruana and Pharmacia-Upjohn provide commercial brand contraceptives to INPPARES, which, in turn, distributes them directly to the RedPlan midwives. INPPARES submitted a proposal to scale up the RedPlan Salud model to two other cities of Peru, Chimbote and Huanuco.
3. Obstetrics and Neonatal Emergencies and Postabortion Care Scale-Up
Building on Pathfinder International’s previous work in PAC services in Peru, the CATALYST Consortium has been working with the Peruvian Ministry of Health (MOH) to integrate and scale up the PAC program with the Obstetric and Neonatal Emergencies program in the public sector health facilities serving the high selva regions. CATALYST developed an assessment tool that has been adopted by the MOH to improve and monitor the obstetrics and neonatal response capacities of their facilities. Under the leadership of the Pathfinder International Medical Director and his team, public sector doctors, nurses and midwives in the five departments are being trained in new obstetrics and neonatal emergencies standards of care.
4. Accreditation of Medical, Nursing and Midwifery Schools and Certification and Recertification of Health Professionals
As part of its strategy to improve the quality of services provided by the public sector health facilities, the CATALYST Consortium is working with the Peruvian MOH and the local health units (DISAS) in seven departments, as well as the Medical, Nursing and Midwifery professional Associations, and the Medical, Nursing and Midwifery Schools to design and institutionalize a national plan for the accreditation of health facilities and schools, and the certification and recertification of health professionals.
5. Promoting Optimal Birth Spacing in Loreto
The CATALYST Consortium is working with the local NGO ADAR to increase the awareness and social practices of saving lives through 3-5 optimal birth spacing (OBSI) in 50 communities of the districts of San Juan and Fernando Lores in the Loreto.
6. SRH Outreach to Peri-urban Population in Huancayo with COOPERANDES
CATALYST is working with the Huancayo-based NGO COOPERANDES to strengthen sexual and reproductive health education and care, and to improve environmental health for marginalized populations in 10 peri-urban communities in Huancayo, Junin through itinerant medical teams and COOPERANDES community health center La Esperanza.
7. Social Marketing to prevent STI/HIV/AIDS and Unwanted Pregnancies in Peru (MS-PREVEN)
USAID-Peru has requested CATALYST’s assistance with the implementation of a two-year social marketing program to prevent STIs and unwanted pregnancies in 10 cities of Peru with a population greater than 50,000. Designed by the Peruvian social marketing NGO APROPO and the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (UPCH), the activity uses a network of pharmacists, physicians and midwives to improve access to and increase use of contraceptives and STI treatment products, increase knowledge and promote healthy behaviors and practices in regards to STI prevention and contractive methods.
CATALYST Consortium PERU Country Office
Alameda La Floresta 285
San Borja, Lima 41
Country Representative in Peru:
Milka Dinev, BS, MS
Tel: (511) 372-5073, 372-5799
Fax: (511) 372-3992
Contact in Washington D.C.:
Veronique Dupont, Program Officer
The CATALYST Consortium
1201 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Suite 500
Washington, D.C. 20036
Tel: (202) 775-1977
Fax: (202) 775-1988