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.
Jan 24, 2012

Graduating New Midwives!

Dear friends, 

There are so many updates on our midwife and women's health programs that I am not sure where to begin!

First of all, I am writing this right now in the airport on the way to Guatemala, in part to attend a graduation ceremony for the classes of midwives that we are supporting. For a number of years, we have supported a midwifery cooperative of some 100 midwives, who get together for training sessions and professional development. However, three years ago, we added a new training track especially for young women interested in getting into the profession for the first time. Over the past thre years they have participated in formal classroom and clinical activities - and they will be graduating this week! This is a major accomplishment for the cooperative, and we are proud to have played a small role. I will make sure to post some photos from the ceremony later on!

In other news, this week is also important because our women's health nursing staff are receiving training from a volunteer gynecologist visiting from the United States. Already, our women's health nurses are providing a wide range of medical services to women, including cervical cancer screening and access to birth control methods. This week, they will be learning how to insert intrauterine devices (IUDs), which will be a major boost to our family planning programs. At the same time, they will be learning to use basic laboratory technology to diagnosis common sexually transmitted infections, such as gonorrhea and chlamydia. This technology will allow them to immediately identify women infected with these disease and provide on the spot treatment. 

Finally, our women's sexual health classes continue to be a big hit. Currently, we are offering simultaneous classes in four different communities (where we also have other projects, such as child nutrition programs). In 2012, our goal is to provide these classes to at least 250 new women, and we will keep you updated on progress towards that goal!

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Jan 24, 2012

Construction Part 1 is wrapping up, on to Part 2!

Dear friends, we are so excited about the continuing progress on this clinical facility! We have been now seeing patients in the newly constructed clinic building for a few months, and our staff and patients are all delighted to have such a spacious, well-lighted, and well-ventilated structure to work in! Things are still a bit 'rustic,' as we are still working on getting all the doors and windows in place, wiring in the electricity, etc. However, even in this state, it is still such a great improvement over our previous clinical facility!

Over the last few weeks, we finally got running water up and working reliably, which was yet another major step forward! I am attaching a few pictures of our construction team digging in the water line, to give you a sense of this process. 

Since we anticipate that all the finishing work on this first clinic building will be done in the next month or so, we are now starting to move into fundraising for the second phase of this project! In the second phase, we will build another building adjacent to the first one. However unlike the first building, which is used just for seeing patients, the second building will be an open classroom and multipurpose space, where we can hold training sessions for health workers and educational classes for members of the community. It will also house office space for our social work staff. 

Stay tuned for updates from us regularly on how this second phase is progressing. As always we appreciate your continued support, and we hope that you will stay with us as we move forward!

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Nov 21, 2011

Save the Date Dec 16th! And Holiday Giving!

Dear Friends, 

Thanks for all of your support for our nutrition programs this year in Guatemala! As you recall this project began almost a year ago and was kicked off by a brief special on ABC's 20/20 news program. We are excited to announce that we will again be featured on 20/20 in a follow-up segment, to be aired on Friday, December 16th! Be sure to tune in!

We also wanted to remind all of you who are looking for holiday giving opportunities, that Global Giving allows you to make a donation to this project as a gift to friends or family. When you do so, Global Giving will sent a card to the person you designate as the gift recipient! We are also eligible for extra bonus funds from Global Giving if we are one of the top 15 projects to have donations as gifts between November 23rd and December 31st. 

As always, thanks so much for your generosity and for all you do to make the world a better place!

Peter Rohloff, Medical Director, Wuqu' Kawoq (peter@wuqukawoq.org). 

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