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 2017, 16 million Mexicans still had no health insurance.
•The gaps between urban and rural areas are significant. For example, the maternal mortality rate in 2015 in Chiapas was 68 per 100 thousand live births, while in Queretaro it was 14.
These are big challenges; only through cooperation among many sectors can we implement effective solutions. That is why Fundación AXA México has designed the first multisectoral alliance to strengthen neonatal health.
Why neonatal health?
Every year in Mexico more than 26,000 children die before their first birthday – half of these deaths occur before completing their first month of life. The majority of these deaths occur due to preventable causes such as infections or respiratory problems.
This public health challenge is more prevalent in the most vulnerable zones of the country, such as Ocosingo Chiapas, a highly marginalized municipality where the infant mortality rate is considerably higher than the national average.
How are we helping?
Fundación AXA México, in collaboration with allies such as the National Perinatology Institute, the Mexican Red Cross and Philips Health have developed the Hacer para Nacer project, a comprehensive initiative to reduce infant mortality through four areas:
1.Donate biomedical equipment for neonatal care. Through an in-depth evaluation of the critical equipment necessary for the life of newborns and their mothers, Fundación AXA México donated specialized biomedical equipment designed to tend to and care for newborns.
2. Train healthcare professionals. We provide two types of training to doctors, midwives and nurses. First, how to effectively respond to obstetric emergencies in contexts of scarce resources and long distances. And second, how to prevent and treat the main causes of mortality in newborns, not only through the equipment donated, but also through international certifications.
3. Scholarships to additional medical personnel. We support three nursing students in high impact social service, to apply their knowledge in a context of tough demands and scarce resources. These students are fully integrated with the medical personnel of the Hospital.
4. Implement risk prevention and mitigation actions. The Ocosingo hospital is located in a zone prone to natural disasters. To guarantee the continuity of hospital care, structural evaluations of the hospitalization, contingency and evacuation plans will be implemented. All the protocols will be based on the Sendai Framework of the United Nations.