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Sisters of Bon Secours Plays Active Role in Bringing Healthcare to Regions of Peru
Date:4/3/2010

The Sisters of Bon Secours, a Catholic women’s religious community, is playing an active role through the ministry of Bon Secours Health System Inc. in improving the infant mortality rate of various Peruvian communities. By studying the region’s most outstanding needs, the Sisters of Bon Secours have collaborated with Bon Secours Health System Inc., CHRISTUS Health, Caritas del Peru and the Catholic Medical Mission Board to create a $1.1 million initiative, Unidos Contra La Mortalidad Infantil (United Against Infant Mortality (UAIM)), which will quell the increasing infant mortality rate that plagues the country.

Peru, South America (PRWEB) April 3, 2010 -- The Sisters of Bon Secours, a religious order in the fields of healthcare, social services, retreats and education, has recently been a part of groundbreaking and eye opening studies in the impoverished country of Peru. The study was focused on discovering the main factors that were diminishing the quality of life in the Trujillo, Huancayo, and Chimbote regions of Peru. The UAIM program is designed to address causes of infant mortality.

Sister Maria Pintado Pena, CBS, RN, explained how the Integrated Management of Neonatal and Childhood Illnesses (IMNCI) Collaborative Program study took an in-depth look at the medical services in the areas of New Jerusalem I and II, surveys of households containing children under the age of five and the measurement of physical statistics of babies born in the region.

Once results of the study were tabulated, the partners were able to determine not only the most prevalent illnesses in children under the age of five, but also the leading factors of those illnesses. According to the study, Acute Respiratory Infections (ARI) make up the majority of childhood
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