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The New “Club de la Salud” in Peru

By Laura Rosalyn Messing , Pro Mujer intern.

The inauguration of the Club de la Salud last week in Puno was a great success. Pro Mujer clients, known as socias, employees and managers all celebrated the launch of a new way to keep themselves and their families healthy. The Club de la Salud provides a packet of essential health services including unlimited doctors visits for the cardholder, two doctors visits for any family member, a pap exam or laboratory exam, a blood-glucose test, dental cleaning and filling, and either a complete ultrasound or a laboratory exam. Additionally, clients pay reduced prices for extra services they or their family members may need, and also receive discounts in certain specialties such as pediatrics, cardiology and gynecology.

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Pro Mujer clients tour the facilities in Puno

How do these simple services, which are often viewed as ubiquitous aspects of general medicine as we know it, translate into a groundbreaking phenomenon for Pro Mujer and its clients? Not only is seeing a doctor for primary prevention and screenings often impractical and unaffordable for many of the socias, but many will also put off seeing a doctor when they are ill because a day without work is a day without income. According to Naldi Delgado Cruz, General Manager of Pro Mujer in Peru, the Club de la Salud was created to “facilitate prevention, early detection and access to treatment by offering these services in the same locations where our clients already go for their financial transactions.”

While convenience plays a significant role in the successful utilization of healthcare services, cost is often cited as a persistent barrier for the socias as well. According to a survey completed this year in Puno, 44.5 percent of Pro Mujer clients delayed seeking medical treatment because they could not afford it. Therefore, providing a health plan that is not only comprehensive, but that also addresses financial barriers is of utmost importance. With this in mind, Pro Mujer created three ways for the socias to purchase the Club de la Salud package to facilitate access: through their savings accounts, in installments with a specially designed microloan or upfront with cash.

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Dr. Carlos Ponce Leon explains about the medical services offered in the new facilities

Such a unique intervention is obviously deserving of an equally exceptional inauguration. Teams from each focal center fastidiously prepared the festivities until late Thursday night by decorating, arranging furniture, reviewing Friday´s agenda and packing goodie bags. During the festivities on Friday morning, a film on making healthy lunches for kids was screened, goodie bags were distributed and a poignant speaker/Pro Mujer client correlated her victory over cervical cancer to the screenings and treatment she received from Pro Mujer years ago. After all of the presentations and speeches, the socias were invited to meet the new doctor and tour the renovated medical facilities, including the mobile clinic. Women saw the ultrasound machine, the dental facilities and were able to get acquainted with Dr. Carlos and the supporting medical staff. The inauguration was such a hit that it made its way into a local newspaper.

One of the most inspiring aspects of the inauguration was the coming together of the entire Pro Mujer community. Managers from Lima humbly thanked individual socias for trusting Pro Mujer with their health and finances, socias giggled together and remarked on the niceness of the event, and the centro focal staff beamed with pride on the periphery. Toasts were made, healthy appetizers were enjoyed and many women were given their first opportunity to improve the health and the lives of their families with affordable, convenient, and quality services. ¡Salud! 

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Bellavista focal center staff

July 3, 2013 at 2:54 pm Leave a comment

El Nuevo “Club de la Salud” en Perú

Por Laura Rosalyn Messing – Becaria de Pro Mujer

La inauguración del Club de la Salud en Puno la semana pasada fue un éxito: las clientas de Pro Mujer, conocidas como socias, empleados y gerentes celebraron en conjunto el lanzamiento del club como una nueva manera de mantener la salud de las clientas y de sus familias. El Club de la Salud ofrece un paquete de servicios esenciales que incluye consultas de doctor ilimitadas para la socia, dos visitas al doctor para cualquier miembro de la familia, un Papanicolaou, un examen de niveles de glucosa, una limpieza dental y servicio de ortodoncia, y un ultrasonido completo o un examen de laboratorio. Adicionalmente, las clientas pagan precios reducidos para servicios extras que ellas o sus familiares pudieran requerir y también tienen descuentos en algunas especialidades tales como pediatría, cardiología y ginecología.

Clientas de Pro Mujer hacen un recorrido general de las nuevas instalaciones

Clientas de Pro Mujer hacen un recorrido general de las nuevas instalaciones

¿Cómo es que estos servicios, muchas veces considerados aspectos intrínsecos de la medicina general como la conocemos, son un fenómeno sin precedente para Pro Mujer y sus clientas? El hecho de consultar a un doctor para revisiones generales y temas de prevención es, en varias ocasiones, una situación poco práctica y fuera del alcance de las socias, tampoco es práctico consultar al doctor cuando tienen problemas de salud porque, para ellas, un día sin trabajar es un día sin sueldo. De acuerdo con Naldi Delgado Cruz, Gerente General de Pro Mujer Perú, el Club de la Salud fue creado para “facilitar la prevención, detección temprana y acceso a tratamiento a través del ofrecimiento de estos servicios en el mismo lugar en el cual nuestras clientas realizan sus transacciones financieras”.

Mientras la comodidad juega un papel clave en el éxito del uso de los servicios de salud, el costo se presenta también como una barrera persistente para las socias. De acuerdo con una encuesta realizada este año en Puno, el 44.5 por ciento de las clientas de Pro Mujer postergaron la búsqueda de tratamiento médico debido a que no podían pagarlo. Es por esto que ofrecer un plan de salud no solo es entendible, también ayuda a resolver barreras financieras de suma importancia. Con esto en mente, Pro Mujer creó tres formas para que las socias compren su paquete del Club de la Salud y así  facilitar su acceso a los servicios médicos: a través de su cuenta de ahorro, a plazos con un microcrédito especialmente diseñado para ello o pagando en efectivo.

El Dr. Carlos Ponce León explica los servicios médicos que se ofrecen en las instalaciones del Club

El Dr. Carlos Ponce León explica los servicios médicos que se ofrecen en las instalaciones del Club

Una intervención tan única obviamente merece una inauguración igualmente excepcional. Grupos de cada centro focal prepararon el festejo con gran cuidado y esmero. Hasta muy entrada la noche del día jueves estuvieron decorando, acomodando muebles, revisando la agenda del viernes y empacando bolsas con regalos. Durante el festejo de la  inauguración  se proyectó una película sobre almuerzos nutritivos para niños, se distribuyeron las bolsas de regalos y una oradora muy especial, clienta de Pro Mujer, relato su victoria sobre el cáncer cervical, sus revisiones médicas y el trato que recibió de Pro Mujer años atrás. Después de todas las presentaciones y discursos, las socias conocieron al nuevo doctor y realizaron un tour por las instalaciones médicas, incluidas las clínicas móviles. Las mujeres vieron el equipo de ultrasonido, las instalaciones dentales y convivieron con el Dr. Carlos y el equipo médico de apoyo.  La inauguración tuvo tal éxito que fue reseñada en un periódico local.

Una de los aspectos que más inspiraron durante el evento fue que se reunió toda la comunidad Pro Mujer. Los gerentes de Lima agradecieron personalmente a las socias por confiarle a Pro Mujer su salud y sus finanzas, las socias rieron juntas y comentaron todos los puntos agradables del evento y el personal del centro focal sonreía con orgullo. Se hicieron algunos brindis, se disfrutaron bocadillos saludables y muchas mujeres tuvieron su primera oportunidad de mejorar la salud de sus familias con servicios accesibles, convenientes y de calidad. ¡Salud!

Personal del centro focal Bellavista

Personal del centro focal Bellavista

July 3, 2013 at 2:53 pm Leave a comment

Pro Mujer Expands Operations to Reach Cajamarca and Chimbote in Northern Peru

By Paola Fattorini Rodriguez, Communications Manager, Pro Mujer in Peru

In line with our multi-year (2012-2014) strategic plan in Peru, we recently expanded our operations in the north of the country with two new centers in the regions of Chimbote and Cajamarca.

Pro Mujer centers are safe and supportive environments designed for women where we deliver our integrated services. In these centers, Pro Mujer credit officers lead invaluable health and human development workshops prior to facilitating communal bank repayment/disbursement meetings.

A Pro Mujer credit officer assists members of a communal bank group.

A Pro Mujer credit officer assists members of a communal bank group.

Cajamarca is a region of stark inequalities. According to figures provided by the Peruvian Department of Finance, it was one of 5 regions that received the most resources between 2007 and 2011; however, it has still not managed to move from the list of the 10 regions with the highest rate of poverty, according to the latest report conducted by the National Institute for Statistics and Information Technology.

The sprawling city of Cajamarca, Peru.

The sprawling city of Cajamarca, Peru

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Our newest center in Cajamarca

Meanwhile, Chimbote, a center of commercial activity, has provided a space for microfinance institutions to propel the growth of small businesses. Yet there are segments of the population that still lack basic access to financial and health services.

Olenka Rodriguez, Manager of the Chimbote center, explained that her team is getting stronger each day, and that even though the work is challenging, there is strength in numbers.

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The new team in Chimbote.

Olenka continues, “The women of Chimbote are in particular need of health services, which we plan to provide through health campaigns and consultations in our centers.”

Congratulations to Pro Mujer and our best wishes for Chimbote and Cajamarca!

December 17, 2012 at 11:52 am Leave a comment

Pro Mujer Expande sus Operaciones a Cajamarca y Chimbote en el Norte del Perú

Por Paola Fattorini Rodriguez, Gerenta de Comunicaciones de Pro Mujer en Perú

De acuerdo con nuestro plan estratégico trienal (2012 al 2014) en Perú, hemos expandido nuestras operaciones en el norte del país con dos nuevos centros en las regiones de Chimbote y Cajamarca.

Los centros de Pro Mujer son espacios seguros y solidarios diseñados para las mujeres donde entregamos nuestros servicios integrados. En estos centros, nuestros asesores de créditos lideran invaluables talleres de salud y desarrollo humano antes de facilitar las reuniones de repago o desembolsos de los bancos comunales.

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Una asesora de crédito de Pro Mujer asiste a los miembros de un grupo de banco comunal. 

Cajamarca sigue siendo una región de grandes desigualdades. Por un lado es una de las cinco regiones que más recursos por canon han recibido entre el 2007 y el 2011, según las cifras del Ministerio de Economía, pero por otro lado, aún no ha logrado salir de la lista de las 10 regiones con mayor índice de pobreza de acuerdo con el último reporte del Instituto Nacional de Estadística e Informática (INEI) del 2009.

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La extensa ciudad de Cajamarca, Perú 

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Nuestro nuevo centro en Cajamarca 

Chimbote por su parte, funge como un eje comercial y una ciudad que ha dado cabida a las microfinancieras para impulsar a la micro y pequeña empresa, sin embargo aún hay segmentos de la población que no tienen acceso a servicios financieros ni de salud.

Por su parte, Olenka Rodríguez, Jefa del centro de Chimbote nos comenta que el equipo de Chimbote día a día se fortalece y si bien todo comienzo es un desafío, los números son buenos.

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El equipo de Pro Mujer en Chimbote

Olenka continua, “Las mujeres de Chimbote necesitan particularmente servicios de salud lo que planeamos proveerles a traves de nuestras campañas de salud y consultas en nuestros centros.”

¡Adelante Pro Mujer y nuestros mejores deseos para Chimbote y Cajamarca!

December 17, 2012 at 11:50 am Leave a comment

Commitments to Innovative Solutions in Breaking the Cycle of Poverty

By Josh Cramer-Montes, Director of Communications

It’s been a busy but exciting week here in NYC as a cross-section of world leaders, CEOs, leading NGOs and foundations, and philanthropists came together for this year’s Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting, the UN General Assembly meeting and a number of related activities.

At this year’s CGI Meeting, Pro Mujer made two major announcements. First, we completed our 2009-2013 CGI “Breaking the Cycle of Poverty” Commitment – one year ahead of schedule. Secondly, we launched a new commitment titled, “Pro Mujer: A Market-Based Solution to Tackle Chronic Diseases in Latin America” that will run through 2015.

In 2009, we committed to provide 350,000 clients with our holistic package of services:  small loans, savings and insurance; business and empowerment training, preventive health education and high-quality, low-cost primary healthcare.

Pro Mujer President and Chief Executive Officer Rosario Pérez announces our Commitment at the 2009 CGI Annual Meeting

At the close of 2011, we surpassed this Commitment by cumulatively reaching 358,946 microentrepreneurs – one year ahead of schedule.

In completing this commitment, Pro Mujer:

  • Disbursed half a billion dollars in small loans averaging US$369 to help microentrepreneurs start or grow their businesses;
  • Taught educational and life skills workshops to 358,946 clients and reached their more than 1.4 million children and family members;
  • Provided 272,806 medical consultations with a particular emphasis on chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, sexual and reproductive health issues, and breast and cervical cancers;
  • Facilitated savings accounts, which grew from $18.1 million in 2010 to $20.8 million in 2011, providing clients with an essential financial safety net against life’s unforeseen emergencies;
  • Opened 10 new Pro Mujer centers – safe and supportive environments designed for women and their communal bank groups that provide easy and convenient access to services
  • Maintained a combined average loan repayment rate of 98.9% in all five countries of operation.

This year, with the financial support of GlaxoSmithKline and the Vitol Foundation, we launched our latest commitment, which begins in January 2013, to reach 470,000 women by expanding our geographic footprint in our five countries of operations, particularly in Mexico and Peru, by December of 2015.

In addition, we will continue to standardize and expand our new health pilot within and beyond Nicaragua, where it was first launched in 2010. The focus of this model is on screening for chronic diseases and providing primary health care. The emphasis on screening is particularly relevant to the countries where Pro Mujer currently operates, where chronic illnesses account for 47% to 75% of health-related loss of productivity.

A Pro Mujer nurse reviews client files in our León center, which is home to phase 1 and phase 2 of our Nicaragua health pilot.  

In making the announcement, Pro Mujer’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Rosario Pérez said, “While we have completed our 2009 CGI commitment, we are far from finished. Pro Mujer remains dedicated to providing as many women as possible with the opportunities they need to be the leading protagonists of their own destinies. We look forward to continuing to make a positive impact in the lives of many more women and their families across Latin America.”

Pro Mujer client Janeth Villegas, a chocolatier from Bolivia, stands with her three young children. To watch Janeth tell her story, click here.

Special thanks go out to our 2009 CGI Commitment partners. Pro Mujer received technical support from Harvard Business School, Harvard School of Public Health, the Ministry of Education of Peru and PATH. In addition, Pro Mujer received generous financial support from: Anglo American Group Foundation; Calvert Investments; Citi Foundation; the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Global Partnerships; Microsoft Unlimited Potential–Community Technology Skills Program; JPMorgan Chase Foundation; Oikocredit; Weberg Trust; and Whole Foods Market’s Whole Planet Foundation.

September 26, 2012 at 3:58 pm Leave a comment

Pro Mujer and GlaxoSmithKline Launch Three-Year, Five-Country Partnership

By Paola Fattorini, Communications Manager, Pro Mujer in Peru

On August 22nd, Pro Mujer and GlaxoSmithKline announced a three-year, five-country partnership at a launch event in Lima hosted by Pro Mujer in Peru (PMP). Through a US$575,000 grant, GlaxoSmithKline will help support the standardization of Pro Mujer’s health services as well as the organization’s expansion efforts in Argentina, Bolivia, Mexico, Nicaragua and Peru.

From left to right: Malu Acosta, Director of Human Resources for GSK Peru; Naldi Delgado, General Manager of PMP; Rosario Pérez, President and CEO of Pro Mujer International and Abraham Quesada, General Manager of GlaxoSmithKline Peru

The partnership with GlaxoSmithKline represents a joint effort to improve the comprehensive health services we provide our clients. Specifically, these services will focus on reducing the five chronic diseases that afflict women living in impoverished communities the most:  cervical and breast cancers, hypertension, obesity and diabetes.

In making the announcement, Naldi Delgado, General Manager of Pro Mujer in Peru, said, “This partnership will help us extend our health services to reach 120,000 women by 2014, benefiting the women who are in the greatest need, and in this way increase their awareness of their own role in preventing illnesses, for the prosperity of their businesses and their families.” In total, we expect to reach 470,000 microentrepreneurs across the region with the support of GlaxoSmithKline.

Abraham Quesada, General Manager of GlaxoSmithKline in Peru added, ““GlaxoSmithKline is committed to improving people’s quality of life; this partnership with Pro Mujer will help us promote a responsible attitude toward health among women.”

A day before the launch event, Pro Mujer took a symbolic first step in its expansion efforts by inaugurating a new administrative office in Peru’s capital. For more on that story, please click here.

September 20, 2012 at 6:12 pm Leave a comment

Pro Mujer y GlaxoSmithKline Lanzan Alianza de Tres Años en Cinco Países

Por Paola Fattorini, Gerenta de Comunicaciones, Pro Mujer en Perú

El 22 de agosto, Pro Mujer y GlaxoSmithKline anunciaron una alianza de tres años en cinco países en un evento de lanzamiento en la ciudad de Lima organizado con Pro Mujer en Perú. A través de una donación de US$575.000 GlaxoSmithKline ayudará a estandarizar el modelo de servicios de salud de Pro Mujer y a apoyar la expansión en Argentina, Bolivia, México, Nicaragua y Perú.

De izquierda a derecha: Malu Acosta, Gerente de RRHH de GlaxoSmithKline; Naldi Delgado, Gerente General de Pro Mujer en Perú; Rosario Pérez, Presidenta y Directora Ejecutiva de Pro Mujer Internacional; y Abraham Quesada, Gerente General de GlaxoSmithKline

El convenio suscrito significa un esfuerzo conjunto para mejorar nuestros servicios de salud. Especificamente, estos servicios estarán enfocados en reducir la prevalencia de las cinco enfermedades  crónicas que más aquejan a mujeres que viven en comunidades pobres , como el cáncer de cuello uterino, cáncer de mamas, hipertensión arterial, obesidad y diabetes.

En anunciar la alianza, Naldi Delgado, Gerente General de Pro Mujer en Perú, dijo, “Esta alianza nos ayudará a extender nuestros servicios de salud a 120.000 mujeres para el año 2014, beneficiando así, a las mujeres más necesitadas del país, así como sensibilizarlas respecto a su rol en la prevención y cuidado de su salud, para la prosperidad de sus emprendimientos y la de  sus familias”. En total, esperamos alcanzar a 470.000 microemprendedoras en toda la región con el apoyo de GlaxoSmithKline.

Abraham Quesada, Gerente General de GlaxoSmithKline Perú, sostuvo que es “un compromiso para GlaxoSmithKline,  mejorar la calidad de vida de las personas; por ello, la alianza suscrita con Pro Mujer, permitirá incentivar y promover una actitud responsable entre las mujeres en cuanto a su salud”.

Un día antes del evento de lanzamiento, Pro Mujer tomó un paso simbólico al inaugurar una nueva oficina administrativa en la capital de Perú. Para mayor información sobre esa historia, haz clic aquí.

September 20, 2012 at 5:17 pm Leave a comment

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