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 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

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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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Jul 28, 2011

4 Communities now using Plumpydoz!

Dear friends and supporters, I just got back from another exciting trip to Guatemala!

Our child nutrition projects using Plumpydoz are progressing very well! The programs are now in full swing, with comprehensive nutrition as well as medical care, in 4 out of 5 target communities! We anticipate the last community will come on line by the end of August. These programs have been made possible entirely because of the support of you, our donors!

The product is being very well received in the communities, and we are already starting to notice a difference in the health of children! Community leaders, especially women, have been especially energized by the program, and it has already generated a lot of talk and interest about starting some other new programs as well, such as health programs for women!

The ABC news team was down again several weeks ago and shot some additional video of the project as well as interviews with mothers of children in the program and our local staff. We look forward to seeing some of that footage on ABC in coming months!

In the meantime, please enjoy the new pictures that I am attaching from one of the target towns, Paquip.

As always, feel free to drop me a personal line at any time at peter@wuqukawoq.org to discuss the project in more detail. I get a lot of email but I still try to respond in a timely manner!

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