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Network Champion: Main point of contact for this organization. Maintains this page and ensures organization makes the most of network membership.
Hilda Eugenia Arguello Avendaño

Added on: Apr 11, 2019

The OMM seeks to involve civil society in monitoring the progress and improvement of maternal health and sexual and reproductive health through social audits and political advocacy.

The Maternal Mortality Observatory (OMM in Spanish) is an autonomous, plural, interinsitutional and intersectoral citizen space composed of people from organized civil society, academia and health institutions.

The OMM has developed its work in the monitoring of public policies with a high impact on maternal health:

  • budget monitoring (establishing a critical route for allocation, exercise and accountability);
  • in the field, in the supply of inputs, medicines and services for women during childbirth and obstetric emergency care,
  • and more recently in the monitoring of the implementation of public policy focused on reducing teenage pregnancy.

For these monitoring purposes, the observatory has promoted the participation and training of its members for the social accountability.

The purpose of the observatory is to improve the implementation of public policies through social auditing.

The Mission of the Maternal Mortality Observatory is:
To contribute to improving sexual, reproductive and maternal health of the most vulnerable social groups in Mexico through social auditing and political advocacy with a rights-based and intercultural approach.

Our Vission:
All Mexican youth and women, especially the most vulnerable, make informed decisions and exercise their sexual and reproductive rights, having access to quality health services, thus contributing to the reduction of teenage pregnancies and maternal mortality.

The OMM seeks to be a consolidated body in research, generation of methodological proposals and advocacy in public policy aimed at reducing maternal mortality.



Hilda Eugenia Argüello Avendaño is a doctor from UAM-Xochimilco, with a master's degree in Social Anthropology from CIESAS and a diploma of advanced studies in medical anthropology (URV). She is currently working on her doctoral thesis in Social Anthropology and Communication at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili. She joined the Observatory of Maternal Mortality in Mexico in 2012 and has been its technical secretary since June 2016. Her research experience has focused on the use of health services; transparency and accountability in maternal health in Mexico; violence; midwifery and maternal mortality in indigenous areas. We want to belong to this network in order to strengthen our capacities as an organization and improve our work in Mexico, especially with the most vulnerable populations.