Summary of talk:
We discuss how the Salvadoran Health System, using multi-level partnerships among disadvantaged communities living in the poorest Department of El Salvador and the Honduras border, are successfully addressing maternal mortality.
Methods: Using Community Based Participatory Research, the Health Belief Model, and the Community Action Model, El Salvador is building a framework to reduce maternal mortality in low resource settings. Our goal is to apply the lessons learned from a multi-disciplinary culturally-oriented approach to assist in developing successful maternal health programs.
Data was drawn from the authors' personal working experiences.
Alba Amaya-Burns, MD, MSc, worked as Associate Professor of Global Health at Duke Kunshan University, and Associate Professor of the Practice at Duke Global Health Institute, Duke University (06/2014-06/2017). An experienced public health leader, and educator, Dr. Amaya-Burns has applied her knowledge of global health practice to large scale health promotion efforts in Latin America, the United States, and currently in China. This included a successful infectious diseases program in El Salvador (USAID’s $9 million portfolio + $27 million from the Global Fund, 01/2000-12/2004). She has focused her attention on reducing health disparities in Latin America, the United States, and globally, by training future health professionals, health workers and faculty from high, low and middle income countries, in the areas of global health (cross-cutting health challenges). She is currently working in the most disadvantaged regions of El Salvador. She also is a member of the International Organization of Migration / World Health Organization (IOM/WHO) Scientific Committee of the Global Consultation on Migration Health, and member of the International Society of Bioethics. She has received a number of awards, including the Induction into the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health (USA, 2011). Dr. Amaya-Burns is a medical doctor (M.D.) by training (Universidad Nacional de Nicaragua and Universidad de El Salvador), and earned her MSc. in Clinical Tropical Medicine from The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London University. She currently works as Adjunct Associate Professor of Global Health at Duke Kunshan University, and as Adjunct Associate Professor at University of Florida.