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A pregnant woman from a mothers group in El Salvador stands with her hands resting on her bump Community Partnerships

Empowering women and girls in Central America

The maternal mortality rate among indigenous women in Central America is disproportionately high. This project will empower communities to claim their rights to sexual and reproductive health.


Central America is the most unequal region in the world. Although it’s made up of middle income countries, the divide between the richest and the poorest in El Salvador and Honduras is incredibly high - with indigenous communities bearing the brunt of this stark inequality.

State-run health centres are often unequipped for indigenous cultures, meaning that women from these communities are far less likely to use them – and face much higher risks in childbirth as a result.

Family planning is culturally sensitive, so the rates of underage pregnancy in indigenous communities are significantly higher than other groups.

of all births in El Salvador are to mothers aged 10-19

Indigenous communities often do not know their rights to reproductive and sexual health. Education is urgently needed to help them call on their governments for justice.

To learn more about how your church, business, school or other community group can partner with this project, email or contact your local regional office directly.

How is this project helping?

This project is helping over 200,000 women of child-bearing age – and more than 560,000 in the target areas will indirectly benefit.

Our partners are:

  • training traditional birth attendants to provide healthcare, including family planning
  • working with health facilities so women from indigenous communities are welcomed, not excluded
  • ensuring that contraceptive supplies are readily available
  • educating teachers, heads of families and pupils on family planning, HIV, pregnancy and sexual and gender based violence
  • pushing for change at a national level by building up civil society and recording findings from these projects
A group of women sit outside on chairs listening to a woman speak at the Mothers' Group in El Salvador

Your gift will go further

The European Union is match funding this project 1:3, so a £5,000 donation will become a staggering £20,000 to support some of the poorest communities in Central America.

Find out more

Email or contact your local regional office to find out how your church, business, school or other community group can partner with this project.