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PRONTO’s Guatemalan Partner Wins Saving Lives at Birth Grant!

We are proud to announce that PRONTO’s Guatemalan partner, the Epidemiological Research Center in Sexual and Reproductive Health, has been awarded a transition-to-scale grant from Saving Lives at Birth, a collaboration of USAID, the Government of Norway, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Grand Challenges Canada, and the UK’s Department for International Development.

53 finalists presented their proposals at a three-day Saving Lives at Birth DevelopmentXChange in Washington, D.C.– and the Epidemiological Research Center in Sexual and Reproductive Health, based in Guatemala City, Guatemala, was one of four finalists selected for scale-up funds.

The grant will combine PRONTO’s simulation-based training using the PartoPants, a social marketing campaign to encourage women to give birth in clinics, and professional midwife liaisons to connect traditional birth attendants to the formal health care system. This approach to changing practices in maternity care and transitioning birth care toward clinics aims to improve maternal health outcomes and decrease perinatal mortality in an area where only 31% of deliveries are attended by a skilled birth attendant. At 149 per 100,000 live births, Guatemala has one of the highest maternal mortality ratios in Latin America.

PRONTO is delighted to participate in this collaborative effort, using several evidence-based strategies, to address maternal and neonatal mortality in Guatemala.

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