Maternal and infant health program

In Peru, the rate of child malnutrition is high. This program provides childcare, healthcare, medical services, as well as food for children between the ages of three months and five years.

Children dancing, Peru

About the program

A woman tends to her garden in Peru

In the shanty towns on the outskirts of Lima, Peru’s capital city, unemployment is high, there are no paved roads, garbage collection is irregular, houses have dirt floors, and many homes have no running water or sewerage systems.

This program provides health education services to people living in the shanty towns. It improves maternal and infant health by treating malnourished children, educating mothers on health issues, working to ensure access to clean water and sanitation, and providing medical services and childcare to families in need. The children and their mothers are identified as high risk under Peru's national health program.

The service provides education courses and public campaigns on malnutrition, dental hygiene and HIV/AIDS. It also runs community garden projects and advocates for access to clean water and  sanitation infrastructure.

Please note that Mercy Family Health Care was our partner for this program from 2003 to 2014.

Program details

  • Issues: Women and development; Water and sanitation; Health
  • Partner Agency: Missionaries of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
  • Funding in 2014/15 financial year: US $90,000
  • Geographic location: Lima
  • When established: 2003

Judy and kids

Judy’s story

For Judy, her husband and their eight children, Cerro Candela bears little resemblance to God’s vision of a just world. Their marginal village is home to one of the world’s highest rates of tuberculosis and more than 1 in 3 children under the age of five is malnourished. Cerro Candela lies within the city limits of Lima, Peru's capital city, but life in this small shanty village is a far cry from the delights of the country's lively tourist haunts.

Read about Judy's inspiring story »