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Pan American Energy - CSR Program of the Year

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Company: Pan American Energy, Ciudad de Buenos Aires, Argentina
Company Description: Pan American Energy is the company with the highest growth in hydrocarbon production and the best reserve replenishment rate in Argentina in the last 10 years. It contributes 18% of the hydrocarbons extracted in the country and participates with 15% in the marketing of fuels through the Axion brand.
Nomination Category: Company / Organization Categories
Nomination Sub Category: Corporate Social Responsibility Program of the Year - in Mexico, Central and South America

Nomination Title: Growing up together

Tell the story about this nominated CSR program as it has been carried out since 1 January 2017 (up to 650 words). Focus on specific accomplishments, and relate these accomplishments to past performance or industry norms.

“Growing up together” was launched in 2004 as a response to the high Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) in Comodoro Rivadavia (the most populate city of the province of Chubut). In 2003, the main problem was fetal (15.5‰) and neonatal (8.5‰) mortality.

Pan American Energy suggested the creation of the program so as to implement, on the basis of private-public articulation, a plan for prevention of risk factors and improvement of specialized health care services, as well as for awareness growth.

PAE’s initiative is based on the company’s commitment to WHO’s Millennium Development Goals number 4 and 5, and UN’s Sustainable Development goal number 3.

The program focuses on intensive and sustained training of teams in charge of caring for pregnant women, women who have recently given birth and newborns. It also provides technical advice, theoretical courses and workshops, and participates in supervised clinical practice.

Actions are the result of the interdisciplinary work done by PAE’s technical partner is FUNDASAMIN (Foundation for Maternal and Child Health), and the Neonatology, Obstetrics, Infectology and Nursing departments of local hospitals.

In order to design the action plans, the death certificates of newborns issued by the ministries are analyzed, interviews are held in hospitals and health-care centers, and assistance centers are visited.

Strategies and activities of each edition, designed together with strategic partners of the public sector, are outlined with a long-term vision in mind according to annual results and improvement possibilities.

In 2017, in the province of Chubut the program was implemented in the Regional Hospital, private clinics and care centers of Comodoro Rivadavia and the Zonal Hospital of Trelew.

In the province of Neuquén, it was implemented in Hospitals in Neuquén capital city, Centenario and Plottier; and in Chos Malal, Zapala, Cultra Có and San Martín de los Andes hospitals.

The program is:
-developing education on perinatal issues and strategies to take care of pregnant women and newborns, especially, high risk ones;
-contributing to promote and improve breastfeeding within initiatives encouraged by WHO, UNICEF and the National Ministry of Health;
-promoting changes at health care centers according to UNICEF’s Safe and Family-Centered Maternity initiative (MCSF);
-helping the Local Committees on Maternal and Infant Deaths Assessment;
-encouraging the articulation of the private sector, the public sector and the civil society;

-Courses on breastfeeding for health-care professionals. And a campaign to promote breastfeeding.
-Assistance to the primary health care center Quirno Costa to obtain its recertification and to the primary health care center Jorge Newbery to obtain its certification.
-Assistance to the health-care professionals who work in rural hospitals.
-Collaboration with the initiative “Friend of Child and Mother” health-care center.
-Issues related to Obstetrics and Neonatology were addressed. Training sessions, which included on-site jobs and analysis of hospitalized patients. Review of initial management of premature newborns and grand rounds on different subjects of each area.
-Review of medical records and progress of discharged, transferred or deceased patients. Teams discussed cases of patients whose clinical condition, diagnosis and evolution were in doubt.
-FUNDASAMIN’s neonatal nurse provided guidance and review, together with the nurses, the care procedures for newborns. Health care of premature newborns who weigh less than 1,500g was prioritized.
-Presentation of a Care Guide based on the best available evidence to be used as reference to write their own working rules.
-Activities in the Obstetrics and Neonatology departments of Castro Rendón, Horacio Heller and Centenario hospitals, including participation in hospital rounds and analysis of discharged or deceased patients.
-Update conferences on neonatal and perinatal issues, which were in charge of neonatologists, infectologists, obstetricians and professional nurses.

In bullet-list form, briefly summarize up to ten (10) chief achievements since 1 January 2017 of the nominated CSR program (up to 150 words).

Comodoro Rivadavia Regional Hospital will report 2017 rates by mid-May 2018. The last results reported in 2017 were the following:

-Fetal mortality fell 39% (from 8.5 in 2003 to 5.2 in 2015) and neonatal mortality fell 67% (from 15.5 in 2003 to 4.9 in 2015).
-Mortality in babies born weighing between 500g and 1,500g fell from 86.2 in 2003 to 34.6 in 2016.
-Infant Mortality Rate fell 63% (from 18.4 in 2003 to 6.9 in 2015).
-Chubut was positioned as one of the provinces with the lowest IMR in the country.

In 2017, 220 health-care professionals participated in the training courses, and the territorial scope was extended upon request of the health institutions.

Courses on breastfeeding 20 hours of theory and practices.

During the breastfeeding campaign, 500 posters, 300 advertisings for supermarket gondolas and 5 banners were distributed