23 Dec Watch: Pachamama’s Jungle Mamas Documentary
The Jungle Mamas program is designed to eliminate all preventable deaths in pregnancy and childbirth of Achuar mothers and babies, and to improve community health by empowering Achuar women and communities with the tools needed to be their own agents of change.
Since 1997, Pachamama Alliance has worked in partnership with indigenous people to attain permanent protected status of some of the most pristine and biodiverse tropical rain forests in the Amazon, bordering Ecuador and northern Peru.
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Improving the Health and Well-Being of Mothers and Newborns through Women’s and Local Community Empowerment
The video above shares the work of Pachamama Alliance’s Jungle Mamas program. Since 2006, Jungle Mamas has been working in collaboration with the Achuar Nation of Ecuador to develop a model of addressing maternal, infant, and community health in a way that is culturally appropriate, empowering, and sustainable. Ecuador’s Achuar population, nearing approximately 7,000 between the provinces of Pastaza and Morona-Santiago, resides in some of the most remote and hard to access primary rainforest in the country. Due large in part to both geographic and socio-economic limitations, access to healthcare both at the community and urban levels has been significantly limited for the Achuar people. Our model of working with the Achuar is one that addresses all of these limitations by empowering Achuar women and their communities to reduce all preventable deaths in pregnancy, childbirth, and with newborns.
We view that the most effective way to reduce maternal and infant mortality is by involving and engaging local communities, women, and men directly in the process.