Empowering women in South and Central America

Partnership objectives

  1. Build on a new three-year strategic plan in 2012, which  has five main priorities focused on geographic expansion, human resource development, and product and service improvements. Underlying this strategy is an effort to reinforce Pro Mujer’s value proposition as an international development organization focused on women’s needs by continually evaluating and improving their integrated package of services in a way that complements and supports clients’ specific and changing needs and empowering them to break the cycle of poverty and create a better future for themselves and their children.
  2. Expansion and growth of operations across Pro Mujer – Argentina, Bolivia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru. 
  3. Provide small business loans to women, helping them to establish, operate and grow micro enterprises and train them with the skills they need to succeed.
  4. Educate women about how to prevent illness and remain healthy, and provide preventive and primary healthcare to Pro Mujer clients and their families.

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What are the health needs and challenges?

Pro Mujer is a twenty year old women’s development organization that seeks to alleviate poverty for poor women and their families in Argentina, Bolivia, Mexico, Nicaragua and Peru through financial services, business and empowerment training and healthcare. The international women's development organisation has very effectively combined microfinance with healthcare provision, reaching approximately  1.250 million children and family members in some of the poorest communities in the countries where they operate.  Pro Mujer combats poverty by providing women with the resources and services they need to increase their income, maintain theirs and their childrens’ health, and achieve equality in their homes, work places and communities. 

Common health needs of poor women in these countries women are preventative approaches to minimise the impact of non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and COPD caused by unhealthy lifestyle practices.

Description of partnership activities and how they address needs and challenges

Building off the support GSK has provided to the strategic development plan in Argentina, this proposal recommends a three-year plan that would support Pro Mujer’s two major initiatives:

  • Standardization of a basic and financially self-sustainable global health services model based on providing screening for chronic diseases and primary care.
  • Focusing on screening and healthcare has a strong impact in countries where Pro Mujer currently operates since chronic illnesses account for 47-75% of the disease burden and health-related loss of productivity.

 Each country’s coverage on this initiative is monitored using the below indicators.

  • Pap Exams
  • Breast Exams
  • Prenatal Consultations
  • Contraception Counseling Sessions
  • Gynecological Consultations
  • Well Child Visits
  • Child Morbidity Consultations
  • Other Consultations
  • Glucose (Diabetes) Tests
  • Blood Pressure Measurements
  • Body Mass Index (BMI) Measurements

Pro Mujer has provided nearly 2 million women with vital access to financial services, preventative healthcare, and business and empowerment training. GSK aims to expand the work of Pro Mujer in Latin America. In Peru, the program hopes to reach up to 45,000 women with new services such as dental care by 2018. In Argentina, its goal is to provide 9,000 women with expanded health education and clinical services. 

Partnership information

Company(ies) GlaxoSmithKline

Partner(s) Pro Mujer

Type of Partner(s) NGOs

Therapeutic Focus Non-Communicable Diseases, Women and Children's Health, Other

Disease(s) Breast Cancer, Cancer, Cardiovascular Diseases, Cervical Cancer, Children's Health, Diabetes, Family Planning, Sexual & Reproductive Health, General Health, Hypertension, Malnutrition, Obstetrics, Women's Health

Program Type(s) Availability of Treatment - Financial Support, Health System Infrastructure - Outreach & Medical Services

Targeted Population(s) Marginalised / Indigenous People, Mothers, People with low income, Women

Region(s) Latin America & Caribbean

Number of Countries 5

Country(ies) Argentina, Bolivia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru

Start Date 2012

More information Pro Mujer

Anticipated completion date Ongoing