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Project Director and Country Representative, Peru
Dr. Claudia Llanten is CMMB’s Project Director and Country Representative for Peru. Dr. Llanten leads the Unidos Contra La Mortalidad Infantil (United Against Infant Mortality) project with CMMB partners Bon Secours Health System, CHRISTUS Health and Caritas del Peru. The new US $1.1 million initiative aims to decrease morbidity and mortality in children under five years of age in three regions of Peru: Trujillo, Huancayo and Chimbote, where Catholic healthcare networks have established health ministries. With the project almost complete at all but one site, Dr. Llanten built on the success of this program and implemented Taking Care in the First 1000 days (Cuidándote en los Primeros 1000 Días) program which places a greater focus on pregnancy and children under the age of 2. For her outstanding work in reducing malnutrition in children and families in Peru, Dr. Llanten was honored with the White House Champion of Change award in 2012.
In 2011, Dr. Llanten implemented the Community-Based Rehabilitation (CBR) project for children in need of physical therapy, occupational therapy and other services. The program currently provides comprehensive therapy and access to social services for approximately 40 children in Trujillo, Peru. The program focuses on providing sustainable care for children living with disabilities through direct services in a home-based setting, as well as providing training for caregivers of the children.
Dr. Llanten comes to CMMB with an impressive public health and medical practice background, including physician responsibilities at Santa Margarita Hospital in La Cumbre, Colombia and as Program Evaluator for CUNY-Community Partnership for Public Health, Lehman College, New York. In her most recent role as Program Evaluator for CUNY- Community Partnership for Public Health, Lehman College, New York, she developed data collection instruments for the analysis and evaluation of local healthcare reports. As a Project Coordinator and Graduate Research Assistant at Columbia University, New York, she conducted research on poverty and AIDS in Colombia and health services for refugees in Kenyan and Ethiopian camps.
Dr. Llanten has a M.D. Degree in General Medicine from Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia and a Masters of Public Health (MPH) Degree from the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University. Her publications include The Public Health Context of Violence in Colombia, Pan American Journal of Public Health, 2003 and Health Conditions in Five Communities: People Behind Colombian Coal Mining, Multinationals and Human Rights, 2007. Professional presentations include “Nicaragua: Cultural and Structural Barriers Affecting HIV/AIDS Policies” at the 2006 American Public Health Association Conference in Boston, Massachusetts.