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.
Sep 20, 2011

Clinic construction begun!

Dear friends, thanks to your generous support, we have enough funds to start construction of the clinic and finish the exterior walls and roof! We have been overwhelmed by how supportive and excited you all have been about this project.

This clinic building will serve as the new home for all of our projects in the Bocacosta, including our child nutrition programs and our rapidly growing women's health program. It will also serve as a community space, with meeting rooms for health sessions and other educational activities.

By providing a more comfortable, private working environment for our doctors and patients, we anticipate that great improvements can be made in the health of these communities.

The initial construction should be done in about two months, and we will keep you updated here. We will still need to continue raising funds toward the project goal in order to finish the inside of the structure, add furniture and equipment, etc. So please continue to pass information about the project along to friends and family who you think might be interested in donating.

Once again thanks for all of your support!


Sep 5, 2011

Program improvements/new things on the horizon!

Herlinda is now coordinating our diabetes programs
Herlinda is now coordinating our diabetes programs
Dear friends, the intervening months since our last project report on our diabetes projects have been busy ones!
In particular, one of our newer staff members Herlinda, a nurse from Tecpan, has been working hard to get up to speed on all the ins and outs of our diabetes program. She is now stepping into the role of our main diabetes coordinator for the highland region. In this role, she travels between the various clinical sites where we have diabetes patients, meeting with them individually on a monthly basis to make sure that they are not having any trouble with their medications, to provide education on healthy nutrition, and to check for foot ulcers in our patients with more advanced diabetes. She also monitors for high blood pressure and other medical conditions in our diabetics who are at risk for these conditions. We are very excited to have Herlinda in this role, and she is doing a great job!
In other news, last month we had meetings with our collaborators at the Institute for Nutrition in Central America and Panama in preparation for launching our large collaborative diabetes project. The project is now moving through the final stages of approval from the ethics committee at the Guatemalan Ministry of Health and we hope to begin to start soon. This project will allow us to enroll an additional 350 diabetics in comprehensive educational programs and medical care programs for their diabetes, and we are excited to get going!
As always, we are very impressed by the committment of all of our donors, such as yourselves, to this project. We are so happy that you all recognize the importance of providing treatment for diabetes, and other devastating chronic diseases! Because of the prohibitive costs of medicines and medical care for most rural poor, it is only with your help that they can receive the care they need!
Thanks once again for your help, and feel free to send me any questions or feedback to peter@wuqukawoq.org.
House calls to the homes of elderly diabetics
House calls to the homes of elderly diabetics


Aug 1, 2011

Women's health classes continue to grow!

Dear friends,

Recently we completed some needs assessment work in a few of the rural communities where we are working. One of the most important things to come out of these surveys is that more than 70% of women have no access to contraception! Furthermore, in our clinical work providing pap smear/cervical cancer screening to women, we continue to diagnose extremely high rates of sexually transmitted infections. Taken together, these experience show how little health care there is in rural Guatemala for women!

On the ground, our local nursing staff have now been trained on how to run the sexual health classes, and they are now operating independently. We just completed another round of classes in our central urban location in Santiago Sacatepéquez. Based on the need we are finding in rural areas, we will be expanding these offerings into the rural communities we work in, providing classes on site in these locations! These classes are extremely well received and offer an opportunity to women to talk about the issues they face. They also provide a way for them to plug in to our clinical services, such as cervical cancer screening and treatment of common menstrual disorders and sexually transmitted infections.

In other news, the ACOTCHI midwifery cooperative continues to grow. Recently a long term lease was signed on a property to build the first-ever comprehensive midwife-run birthing center in rural Guatemala. Another separate property was also acquired, which will serve as an educational center for the community.

Stay tuned for more exciting news in months to come!


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