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WaWachaña, deliveries in the roof of the world

Bolivia has one of the highest maternal and child mortality rate of Latin America. On 2013, 230 deceased women and 36 babies were registered for every 100 thousand born. One of the main mother death causes is hemorrhage during labour. This is caused by the lack of medical conditions since many women give birth on their homes. There is a high rate of the population who does not trust western medicine and doesn't go to hospitals to follow their pregnancy or to give birth. But in the past few years some hospitals have developed some conditioned rooms according to the indigenous traditions, where doctors and midwives work along to help women who does not trust western medicine to start going to hospitals. Thanks to measures like these the rate of maternal and child death has decreased within the past three years.

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El Alto, near La Paz

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Andrea Paris Mamani 45 years old.

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Coffin built by Guachalla Isidro , 60 years old , for the baby of Paris Andrea Mamani , 45 years old. Isidro Guachalla is a neighbor of the mother ofAndrea Mamani Paris . Iquiaca town of Bethlehem ,

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Andrea Paris Mamani's daughters.

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Isidro Guachalla, 60 years old, Antonio Tola, 66 are closing the coffin of the baby of Paris Andrea Mamani.

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Guachalla Isidro and Antonio Lima Tola close the baby's coffin to Paris Andrea Mamani.

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Antonio Tola Lima , 66 years old, takes the coffin with the baby of Paris Andrea Mamani.

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Isidro Guachalla , 60 years old, Antonio Tola Lima, 66 years old and another resident of Bethlehem Iquiaca pray around the coffin.

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Sofia in the cemetery of Bethlehem as buries his brother.

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Isidro Guachalla digs the grave of Paris Andrea Mamani's baby.

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Isidro Guachalla, Antonio Lima, two neighboring and four Andrea Mamani Paris's daughters, Sofia , Segundina, Iliana and Crisilda take a rest near the cemetery.

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Grave of Andrea Mamani Paris'baby, buried September 23.

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Storm on the city of Patacamaya.

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Silvia Aliaga, 19 years. 39 weeks pregnant at home in Patacamaya.

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Zenobia Ramos Mamani, 38 years old. 38 weeks pregnant, in the kitchen of her home.

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The midwife Leonarda Rojas Quispe, 60 years old, in the laboratory of traditional medicine of her house. Patacamaya clinic.

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The midwife Leonarda Rojas Quispe, 60 years old, in the laboratory of traditional medicine of her house.

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Leonarda Quispe Rojas, 60 years old with Zenobia Mamani Ramos, 38 years old. In her house.

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Lidia Mamani Lima, 40 years old, is assisted by the midwife Josefa Ramirez Wanka in the living cultural appropriateness Patacamaya hospital, just before giving birth.

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A medical board plants to prepare traditional natural medicines for a meeting of doctors in Callapa

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Margarita Guarachi in the living cultural appropriateness of Coro Coro hospital. Beside her, her husband Pedro Orcori and Dr. Roger Velazquez by the midwife Martha.

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Ceferina Siñani Chiparer , giving birth in the living cultural appropriateness Patacamaya hospital with the help of medical personnel. Her son Jose Armando is also present.

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Ceferina Siñani Chiparer , giving birth in the living cultural appropriateness Patacamaya hospital with the help of medical personnel. His son Jose Armando is also present.

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The baby of Lidia Mamani.

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A woman walking near the village of Paracamaya.

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A house near Coro Coro.

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Elsa Quispe Row next to her baby one day after the birth. Elsa had the baby at home with the help of her husband Eduardo Row Apaza, she did not trust the hospital medication. She have five other children, all born at home.

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Zenobia Ramos Mamani, 38 years old, rests at home a few days after birth.

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