Mexico faces enormous challenges in guaranteeing access to health care for everyone:
- Mexico is the OECD country with the least spending on public health in proportion to total health costs. In other words, 41% of health costs are paid directly by families.
- In 2018, 13 million Mexicans were not covered by any social security system or health insurance.
- The gaps between urban and rural areas are significant. For example, in 2015, the maternal mortality rate in Chiapas was 68 per 100 thousand live births, while in Queretaro it was 14.
These challenges are so big that only through cooperation among all sectors, effective solutions can be implemented. This is why the AXA Mexico Foundation designed the first multisectoral alliance to strengthen neonatal health.
Why neonatal health?
Every year, more than 26,000 children in Mexico die before their first birthday – half of these deaths occur before completing their first month of life, and most of these deaths occur due to preventable causes such as infections or respiratory disorders.
This public health challenge is more prevalent in vulnerable zones of the country, such as Ocosingo Chiapas, a highly marginalized municipality with medical centers where the infant mortality rate is considerably higher than the national average.
How are we helping?
The AXA Mexico Foundation, in collaboration with allies such as the National Perinatology Institute, the Mexican Red Cross and Philips, has developed the Hacer para Nacer project, a comprehensive initiative to reduce infant mortality through four components:
1. Donation of biomedical equipment for neonatal care.
Based on a thorough analysis of the critical equipment necessary for the life of newborns and their mothers, AXA Mexico Foundation donated specialized biomedical equipment designed to tend to and care for newborns.
2. Training of healthcare professionals.
We provide two types of training for doctors, midwives and nurses: first, how to effectively respond to obstetric emergencies in contexts of scarce resources and long distance, and second, how to prevent and treat the main causes of mortality in newborns.
3. Scholarship to additional medical personnel for purposes of knowledge transferring.
We support three nursing students in providing high impact social service during a year, applying their knowledge in a context of strong demands and scarce resources. These students contributed to train personnel and assist in the procedures of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (UCIN, in Spanish).
4. Risk prevention and mitigation actions.
The Ocosingo hospital is located in an area prone to natural disasters. To guarantee the continuity of hospital care, structural evaluations of the hospitalization, contingency and evacuation plans were implemented. Protocols will be based on the Sendai Framework of the United Nations.
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