AMOS’ work has changed the lives of individuals, families, and communities throughout Nicaragua.
AMOS’ Impact in 2017:
Rural health promoters are trained to focus on the health of the most vulnerable people in their communities – primarily pregnant mothers, newborns, and children under the age of two. They receive intensive training and support from AMOS. Through their hard work and sacrificial service, we have seen a decrease in the number of child deaths since 2012, and there were no maternal or neonatal deaths in 2017. We will continue to work in the most remote areas to reach the most vulnerable, because we believe no child should die of a preventable cause.
Our motto is that every person counts and every person is counted. Through a community census, promoters know where the most vulnerable patients live, and make sure they do home visits to check in on them. In the case of pregnant women like Ubencia, (above,) it is especially important that they get at least 4 prenatal care visits and give birth in a health center or hospital (also known as an institutional birth) and not at home, where life-threatening complications can arise.
Community clinics in remote areas are an important part of access to health care, but prevention of illness and promotion of health is just as important. This is why we also work to improve access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene, to prevent water-borne illnesses that cause diarrhea and contribute to child malnutrition.