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Luz María Soto Pizano

Maternal and Newborn Health Manager, Ministry of Health, Chiapas State

Medical Doctor from Mexico City from the Automic Metropolitan University (UAM-X)

Dr. Soto has been working in women´s health in Chiapas State in the south part of Mexico since she finished her career 6 years ago. The destiny and her curiosity brought her to give her social service as a Medicine Student in an indigenous community in the north part of Chiapas (San Jerónimo Tulija, the real Paradise). There she began her studies in maternal health and wrote a short article with her colleagues describing how the access to health, in terms of health right, impacts directly to maternal health. There she discovered some passion for women´s health right, particularly in that beautiful part of the world among the jungle.  

After that she collaborated with the NGO “Women´s Home Ixim Antsetik” —women of corn in native tzeltal language— for four years, where she developed a research in maternal mortality, while she was working in women´s health right advocacy. Besides that she made a master in Rural Development in her home University in Mexico City, in which she focused her research in gender and health right in an indigenous community.

In 2013 she was one of the young champions for the Maternal Health Task Force for the Institute of Public Health of Harvard. There she worked in coordination with the Maternal Mortality Watcher in Chiapas, observing quality for health in appliance of clinical practice guidelines for obstetrical emergencies in two hospitals in the north part of Chiapas State.

After that, in December of 2013 she was called to collaborate with the Ministry of Health in Ocosingo, a tzeltal region in Chiapas State, to manage the area of Women´s Health and to be responsible for the maternal and newborn health program, so she thought it was interesting to watch women´s health right from the roots.  Since that day on she has been working there, watching for maternal health in a beautiful region among the jungle in Chiapas State. She manages the program for maternal and newborn health in a region where different cultural structure and social iniquities such as men power, poverty and a lack of main sources for maternal health care are there every day. She recognizes the importance of qualification for midwives and traditional birth attendants, medical care attendants, and students, in terms of maternal and newborn health care, also to create a strong structure where community involvement could certainly make the change in maternal health care, by strengthening the relationship between traditional communitarian health care attendants and ministry of health care system.