A 6-month-old baby is held by her mom Margarita at a maternal and child health adapted center. Save the Children is now working in La Joya to keep newborn babies and their mothers alive and healthy, with a focus on access to care. Photo Credit: Susan Warner/Save the Children 2015.

A 6-month-old baby is held by her mom Margarita at a maternal- and child-health adapted center. adapted center. Save the Children is now working in La Joya to keep newborn babies and their mothers alive and healthy, with a focus on access to care.

Alive and Thriving, Thanks to Partners for Children

What does poverty feel like? In the altiplano (high plateau) region of Bolivia, it's a painful chill that settles into your bones. One of the coldest, most desolate places on earth, the altiplano is so arid that the ground is covered with white, not from snow, but from the remnants of ancient, dried up salt water lakes. There, almost nothing grows, so men work in the dangerous silver mines. For warmth, women carry their babies on their backs swaddled in llama wool blankets called aguayos.

In one impoverished community, aguayo blankets are helping save babies' lives. Before Save the Children's investment in maternal and newborn health in La Joya, mothers had little or no access to prenatal or postnatal care. Many mothers had their babies at home by themselves. Illness and infections were common, and the potential for life-threatening complications was high.

Now, with the help of our Partners for Children, we're providing services that keep moms and newborns alive and healthy, with a focus on access to care. For example, to encourage clinic visits, we provide an aguayo as a gift to every new mother who gets a check-up. According to Chief Doctor Griselda Vilca, "This simple strategy is resulting in reduced maternal and child mortality."

With your continuing support, Save the Children and our Partners for Children ensure mothers and babies living in some of the world's poorest and most remote places – not only survive, but thrive.

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