The improvement of the health services for populations in rural communities in the district of Huancaray, Peru

The Madre Coraje project, together with local partner Cáritas Abancay, aims to improve the quality of life for the inhabitants of five rural communities in the district of Huancaray, in the province of Andahuaylas, in the municipality of Apurímac, Peru.


CONTEXT
In Apurimac the poverty rate is 67.2%, and the extreme poverty rate is 33.1%. Chronic malnutrition in children under 5 years of age stands at 43%, and medical coverage in Apurímac is provided by one doctor for every 1,846 inhabitants. The socio-political and health situation presents serious deficiencies, in health, sanitation and hygiene. Health services are insufficient, with a low level of population coverage and deficient quality.
 
PROJECT
The main objectives of the project are to improve health-related and nutritional conditions and the habits of children, men and women in five communities in the district of Huancaray. The actions that will be carried out are medical campaigns for integral health, anti-parasitic treatments, and the provisioning of nutritional and vitamin supplements. There will also be presentations on the importance of gender equity in nutrition and healthy diets. Finally, there will be presentations on the proper brushing of teeth and hand washing by children and teachers at schools.

BENEFICIARIES
The direct beneficiaries of the project are 1,750 people from five impoverished communities in the district of Huancaray, engaged in agriculture and the raising of livestock.

Indirect beneficiaries include the 2,910 Quechua speakers from five communities in the district of Huancaray engaged in agriculture and the raising of livestock.