Wuqu' Kawoq

Wuqu' Kawoq's mission is to address the barriers to excellent health care that the majority of Guatemala's indigenous Maya population face, including principally the lack of access to health care in their own languages. As such, Wuqu' Kawoq develops primary care and health programs within a larger context of community vitality, family stability,and Mayan language revitalization.
Dec 4, 2014

Data Collection and Training Creates Healthier Moms and Babies

Making a Home Visit for Data Collection
Making a Home Visit for Data Collection

Dear Friends,

It has been an exciting several months. Together with our midwives, we have worked to develop a high quality training environment that provides continuing education and bolsters professional identity. The program is unique in many ways, but especially in terms of cultural sensitivity, Mayan language-fluent instructors, and the use of learning methods suitable to an adult low-literate audience.

The program has grown significantly and now provides training to midwives from five municipalities, providing health services to a catchment area of nearly 200,000 persons. As geographic scope has expanded, so has the projects reputation and authority.Our training program has gone very well and we were able to train 40 midwives in 2014 between January and June on how to manage emergency hemorraging situations for mothers. This directly saves mothers lives as hemorraging is one of the major reasons for maternal deaths. 

Another important aspect of our work is data collection. Data collection with midwives and mothers helps us to understand the situations that mothers and midwives face during deliveraies and prenatal care. With this data we can better understand how to train our midwives and provide better services to our mothers.

We are very excited to report that prelimary data from interviewing 25 midwives, show that in 7 instances, the midwives were able to apply their knowledge they learned in training about hemorraging to save mothers' lives! 

We are contintuing to collect data through December and we are excited to share more results with you in 2015. 

Thank you for your continued support for our exciting work in rural Guatemala that is saving lives!

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions at anne@wuqukawoq.org or check out our website: www.wuqukawoq.org 

Wishing you safe and happy holidays,

Anne Kraemer Diaz
Executive Director

 

 

              

Training Session on Hemorraging
Training Session on Hemorraging

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Dec 2, 2014

Understanding Life as a Diabetic in Guatemala

Mynor
Mynor

Dear Friends,

During the holiday season we often think of those who need our help, but do we really understand their situation? 

I want to share a story with you, so you can understand what life is like in rural Guatemala, living with diabetes.

Mynor is a young man, only 36 years old, yet he suffers from severe diabetes. Living in rural areas, he has not had access to good treatment and most of all he has not received good education about his illness. During 2014, he lost 50 pounds and could not walk well due to horrible nerve damage that was caused by his uncontrolled diabetes. 

As is the case in Guatemala, many people search for care in many places before they are able to receive good diabetic care and sadly many are unable to find good care at all. Mynor came to us as a final resort, he has been searching for years and had tried many medications and natural remedies to cure his diabetes or make him feel better. Sadly, he purchased items he could afford, but was never able to afford the appropriate treatments to help him feel better. 

When he came to our clinic, our team quickly saw that Mynor needed help! He was unable to work, unable to help his family with costs, he was barely able to walk and he was extremely malnourished. Our team explained that he needed treatment with insulin and intensive management of his nerve damage, to protect his kidneys, and control his blood pressure. He also needed to immediately gain weight to better his overall health and get his diabetes under control so his diabetes function could hopefully return to normal.

 At only 36 years old, Mynor was being torn apart by diabetes, however with our donors support, we have been able to help Mynor down the road towards better health.

Thank you for your continued support of our diabetes programs! We look forward to counting on your support in 2015!

Happy Holidays!

 

Measuring a patient
Measuring a patient's glucose level
Dec 2, 2014

We are Ending Malnutrition in Guatemala

Health promoter, Rogelio, measures a child
Health promoter, Rogelio, measures a child

Dear Friends,

Healthy, Happy Babies! We have been working nonstop to transform the future, one baby at a time!

The reality that Guatemala has the highest level of childhood malnutrition in this hemisphere, 4th in the world is shocking and horrifying. At this moment, so many babies do not have adequate nutrition to grow and thrive, leaving the children stunted, or short short in stature for their age. This translates into children who appear to be 5 but are actually 7 or 8 years old.

You can see our exciting malnutrition program at work by empowered women in our communities!

It is not the short stature specifically that we are worried about, it is the fact that the loss of these inches directly correlates to lower IQ, it means slower development and missing milestones as an infant and toddler, milestones that I look for in my own daughters ages 4 and 1. Malnourished children will be slower to walk, slower to talk and to read. They will have difficulty focusing in school resulting in a much lower life long income earning potential. These children will never reach the potential that so many of us take for granted in our own children.

But there is incredible Hope and Success! 

With your help and support, we at Maya Health Alliance - Wuqu' Kawoq, have created a mobile primary health care system that saves lives through excellence and quality.  Our nutrition program places baby and mom as critical actors to changing the future of Guatemala. Our Child Nutrition program provides universal nutritional and micronutrient supplementation to all children from 6 months of age onward and to all pregnant and lactating women. We also focus on educating child caregivers about breastfeeding, complementary foods, common childhood illnesses, hygiene and clean water through our community-based nutrition education classes. Additionally, the foundation for all of our nutrition programs is the provision of good primary care for children. Children with complex needs are immediately referred to our surgical or special needs programs.

We have helped over 2000 children this year and educated 500 mothers on Nutrition and Women's Health topics. I wanted to share these very exciting successes with you.

See our nutrition research here!

We are working to #EndMalnutrition and #GrowGuatemala to transform the future of Guatemala. Thank you for your continued support of our work.


With gratitude,
Anne Kraemer Diaz
Executive Director

Beautiful feet! Measuring babies takes accuracy.
Beautiful feet! Measuring babies takes accuracy.
Finger-licking good! Learning healthy eating.
Finger-licking good! Learning healthy eating.

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