On December 10th, the USAID ASSIST Project hosted a Spanish-language webinar, titled "Intercultural aspects of newborn care." More than 70 health professionals particated in the webinar, which was moderated by Dr. Miguel Hinojosa, pediatrician at the Ministry of Public Health in Ecuador, and advisor to URC and the USAID ASSIST Project in Latin America. Dr. Mario Tavera Salazar, a Pediatrician and specialist for the United Nations' Newborn Health Fund and UNICEF Peru, served as the guest presenter for the webinar.
The topic of the webinar was intercultural aspects of newborn care. In rural areas, where neonatal mortality rates are the highest in Latin America, demand for maternal and newborn health services are influenced by cultural practices that are important to identify and to develop education initiatives and respond appropriately to the cultural context of these populations, as a condition for reaching impact and sustainable results. Dr. Mario Tavera, a Latin American expert in intercultural health, gave a dynamic presentation about this important topic.