Hospital Training Program
In the Dominican Republic, Saving Mothers has been working at the National level with the First Lady and officials from the Ministry of Health to provide care to women in the most disadvantaged areas of the country. Over the past five years, Dr. Taraneh Shirazian, the President of Saving Mothers, has partnered in the DR with the Institute for Latin American Concerns to address the health needs of women in the most rural and underserved areas of the country.
The efforts of Saving Mothers were recognized by the Ministry in 2014, and Saving Mothers was asked to address the issue of cervical cancer death through a partnership program with the government.
Parent-Level Barriers and Facilitators to HPV Vaccine Implementation in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Liebermann E, Devanter NV, Frías Gúzman N, Ompad D, Shirazian T, Healton C. Parent-Level Barriers and Facilitators to HPV Vaccine Implementation in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. J Community Health. 2020 Oct;45(5):1061-1066. doi: 10.1007/s10900-020-00830-y. PMID: 32394119.
Barriers to Cervical Cancer Screening and Treatment in the Dominican Republic: Perspectives of Focus Group Participants in the Santo Domingo Area
Liebermann EJ, VanDevanter N, Shirazian T, et al. Barriers to Cervical Cancer Screening and Treatment in the Dominican Republic: Perspectives of Focus Group Participants in the Santo Domingo Area. J Transcult Nurs. 2020;31(2):121-127. doi:10.1177/1043659619846247
Understanding the Challenges of Addressing Intimate Partner Violence in the Dominican Republic
Viswanathan N, Carretero L, Afzal O, Rodriguez SI, Shirazian T. Understanding the challenges of addressing intimate partner violence in the Dominican Republic. Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2016;133(1):120-121. doi:10.1016/j.ijgo.2015.07.018
RESULTS IN LAST 5 YEARS
Number of community health workers trained, who serve over 100 rural communities
Over 1,000 women have been seen and assessed for health needs
Surgical care provided for women throughout the Dominican Republic
In March of 2019, the Saving Mothers team met with doctors and administrators at La Maternidad, the major public medical center serving women in the region of Santiago de los Caballeros in the Dominican Republic. The leadership expressed interest in laparoscopic surgical training and in gaining more ultrasound training, in particular for high-risk obstetrics and diagnostics. In addition to education on general inpatient obstetrics and outpatient family planning.
La Maternidad has a large obstetrics and gynecology residency program, patient population, delivery & surgery volume and enthusiasm to learn and partner with Saving Mothers.
1. Promote health for underserved women of Santiago
2. Establish a collaborative educational laparoscopic training program at La Maternidad through continued provider education.