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    Indigenous and mestizo women: do they receive different treatment in family planning centers in Peru?

    By - 14 de June de 2016, 8:00 am

    Ten women prepare themselves: hair, makeup, clothes, and posture. They practice proper cadence for scripted answers to questions they will soon be asked. Each of them will say she arrived in Lima from an Andean town seeking a brighter future for her two children.

    Her partner is returning after being away for six months for work, and they do not want to have any more children at the moment.

    No, she does not have any health issues. Yes, her childbirths were normal.

    She does not trust natural family planning methods and lacks experience using modern contraceptives. Today, they will be indigenous. Tomorrow, their stories will change, and they will be mestizos.

    indigenous family planning

    Image: IDB

    For two weeks, these women trained to act as simulated patients in public family planning services in Lima and Callao, Peru. They are exploring whether quality of care varies if they present certain ethnic attributes of either mestizos or indigenous. Read more…

    Habitat program: closing gaps in Mexico’s formal neighborhoods

    By - 7 de June de 2016, 8:00 am

    Imagine living in a neighborhood where some families have water and others don’t. Where half the streets are paved, and only some have sidewalks. Where street lighting exists only in certain areas, making it dangerous to return home at night or go out before dawn. Or where you have to walk very far to find a park, a football field, a health clinic, or a day-care center.

    Felipe Ángeles community center after the intervention. Image: IDB

    Felipe Ángeles community center after the intervention. Image: IDB

    That is the reality of many Mexican neighborhoods. Although the national average for coverage of basic infrastructure services is above 90 percent, the statistic hides real levels of inequality within municipalities.

    Today there are around 3,200 neighborhoods, also called polígonos in Spanish, with deficient access to certain basic urban and social services. Specifically, 17 percent of these areas are deficient in their coverage of piped water, drainage, and electricity. Read more…

    The Juana Azurduy Voucher Program: health services for mothers and their children

    By - 31 de May de 2016, 8:00 am

    “I didn’t go to the health center because it took a long time, and on top of that they treated me badly,” recounted a Quechua woman in the town of Oruro, Bolivia. “We have our own customs for childbirth”.

    Source: IDB

    Image: IDB

    She is not alone in those views. According to a recent national survey, the main reason why women avoid prenatal care is distrust of health personnel (26 percent). Other reasons include the distance they must travel to reach the health facility (21 percent), lack of time because they are busy with children or work (12 percent), and opposition from their spouse or family (6 percent). Read more…

    How important math is in preschool

    By - 24 de May de 2016, 7:00 am

    As part of a lesson on quantities, a group of five-year-olds in Huancavelica, Peru, was asked, “If you have three candies and I have six, what is that?” The expected answer was something along the lines of “more” or “less,” but after a moment of contemplation, a student responded, “Unfair.”

    math in preschool

    Image: iStock

    These preschoolers are part of a new bilingual preschool program called Mimate that helps children develop essential pre-math skills. Children need these skills as a basis for primary school mathematics, including number sequence, shape recognition, counting objects, and spatial relations (such as the difference between over and under). Read more…

    Symphony for Peru: Music and Social Inclusion together

    By - 10 de May de 2016, 7:00 am

    In 2011, the Symphony Association of Peru, presided over by renowned Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Flórez, launched the “Symphony for Peru: Music and Social Inclusion” project with support from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

    A social intervention inspired by the successful Youth and Child Orchestras of Venezuela.

    Symphony of Peru

    Image: Sinfonía por el Perú

    The project established four musical centers in four very different areas in Peru: the marginalized, urban ghettos of Trujillo (coastal), Huancayo (mountain), Huánuco (rainforest), and Manchay-Lima (desert). Each center brings music to almost 200 children and adolescents living at or below the poverty level. Read more…