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El Salvador : WI-HER worked with USAID Health Care Improvement Project staff HCI and Ministries of Health in El Salvador as well as in, Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Honduras to implement Kangaroo Mother Care programs at hospitals in these countries. The programs explicitly promoted kangaroo care as the responsibility of both parents, thus actively supporting the involvement of fathers. In Nicaragua and El Salvador, the program is called “Kangaroo Family Care.” (Kangaroo care is a method to improve the health of premature babies through skin-to-skin contact with a parent for as many hours as possible each day.)
Guatemala : WI-HER worked with the USAID Health Care Improvement (HCI) Project to increase deliveries at health facilities through educating men and women. The project began by providing education on birth planning to women and familiarizing men about emergency planning. educating women on birth planning and to familiarize men about emergency planning. When a midline survey indicated that the percentage of men who were familiar with their wife’s plan decreased fell over the course of implementation, facilities tested whether having men participate in health talks would increase their familiarity with their wife’s plan. In this project, when men attended health talks, they learned about the importance of delivery in a facility and planning for emergencies around delivery. These health talks with men increased the percentage of births at facilities from 24% to 38% in just five months, a 50% increase.
Honduras : WI-HER staff supported the USAID Health Care Improvement (HCI) Project team in Honduras through a HCI gender training. The goal of the training was to build staff skills in gender considerations within the quality improvement process, including identifying local gender disparities affecting improvement activities and health outcomes; conducting a gender analysis to inform new activity development; and the collection and analysis of sex-disaggregated data and gender-sensitive indicators.
Nicaragua : WI-HER worked with the USAID ASSIST Project Nicaragua team to develop a case study highlighting their work with universities to reduce stigma and discrimination towards people with HIV and of sexual diversity, and to promote gender equity, among professors, medical students, and nursing students. In addition, the team provided knowledge management support and developed webinars. Through the USAID HCI Project, WI-HER built local capacity through gender trainings. The goal of the trainings was to build staff skills in gender considerations within the quality improvement process, including identifying local gender disparities affecting improvement activities and health outcomes; conducting a gender analysis to inform new activity development; and the collection and analysis of sex-disaggregated data and gender-sensitive indicators. QI teams successfully implemented new approaches to meet the self-identified needs of women during the birthing process. This resulted in increasing facility births, decreased maternal mortality, and participation of both men and women in reproductive health decisions