Future Generations Peru - An Overview
Watch this video to learn about our work to educate communities and combat chronic child malnutrition in Huánuco, Peru.
Future Generations Peru, a locally registered affiliate based in Lima, improves health and well-being in the poorest Peruvian homes. The organization:
- Strengthens collaborative management among communities and government for solutions in health and development
- Leverages national impact at a low cost by strengthening existing government programs, as opposed to setting up new programs
Peru’s economy is growing, but the poor find that costs are rising and they struggle for basic needs. One government response is to give communities more control over the provision of basic services.The most successful example is a national health system strategy that strengthens community participation in the management of health services.
Initiated with advice from Future Generations staff in 1994, Peru's Shared Administration Program transfers the management of more than 2,100 primary health care facilities directly to private, non-profit community associations known as CLAS (Local Community Associations for the Administration of Health).
With oversight from the Ministry of Health, CLAS associations create work plans and manage the health center budget. With control over their own budgets, they reinvest funds in infrastructure, health personnel, and community outreach.
This shared local governance improves the quality of health care and seeks to extend coverage to the poor and unreached.
In support of this national co-managed health program, Future Generations Peru:
- Identifies the best health centers in a region and trains government and community partners in methods to improve the quality of care and increase local participation in management and planning
- Promotes these sites, known as Model CLAS, as regional learning centers to transform other primary health care facilities throughout the country
- Trains communities, health personnel, and local government in participatory planning to address other priorities beyond health, such as sanitation and activities for youth
- Monitors progress through such indicators as chronic child malnutrition, immunization rates, and best home health practices especially for mothers and children
- Advocates for health policies that strengthen local governance, encourage community-oriented health services, improve the health of mothers and children, and address the social determinants of health.