|Title:||Peru maternal mortality|
Criselda and Fortunato, an indigenous couple from Huancavelica department, Peru, 27 September 2008.
Criselda had been attending her antenatal check-ups at the local health post in San Juan de Ccarhuacc, Huancavelica department, one of the poorest regions of the country.
At seven months pregnant, in mid-2008, she fell and hurt herself while tending her family’s animals. She started feeling pains after her fall and went to the health post for a check-up. The doctor said she was fine and sent her away but she miscarried two days later.
Criselda only speaks Quechua, an Indigenous language spoken by some five million people in Peru. The vast majority of Peruvian doctors only speak Spanish, as they rarely come from areas or communities where Indigenous languages are spoken. Fortunato and Criselda believe that the doctor may not have picked up her symptoms accurately because she could not speak Criselda’s language, and interpreters are not provided to help facilitate communications between doctors and patients.
COUNTRY: AMERICAS/SOUTH AMERICA/PERU
SUBJECTS: WOMEN, FAMILIES, INDIGENOUS PEOPLES
|Tags:||Maternal mortality, International Day of Indigenous Peoples 2012|
|Copyright Type:||Amnesty International|
|Copyright Credit:||Amnesty International|
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|Date Photo or Video Created:||27/09/2008 00:00|
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