Umana: A platform for accessing health services, by Cardenau

Umana is a platform that generates access to quality health services on a massive scale. Today we know that many deaths and diseases can be avoided through information and healthy lifestyles. More than a quarter of the Latin American population does not have regular access to basic health services, or the necessary information about disease prevention. Disregarding primary health care implies neglecting the possibility of providing 80% of the health care that the average person needs during their lifetime. Umana has a special focus on women for two reasons. First, in low-income households, the woman has a guardian role of the family health and can influence best practices in terms of healthy habits for the whole group. Secondly, Umana aim at strengthening the prominence of women, with the objective of equating gender opportunities. Read paper

Paula Cardenau is the Co-founder and Director of Umana.

This paper was prepared for the EU-LAC Foundation’s Newsletter of September 2016 on the theme “Equitable access by women and men to public services.” This article gives the views of the author, and not necessarily the position of the EU-LAC Foundation or its members.

This is a translation of the responsibility of the EU-LAC Foundation; to read the original version in Spanish, please follow the link.