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.
Apr 21, 2011

Update on Women's Health Classes

Wuqu’ Kawoq has collaborated on educational opportunities for Guatemalan midwives for years, and in January of 2011 we began a pilot program to expand our model to include education for other women in our communities as well.  The pilot program is a series of five themed classes on sexual health every two weeks for a total of ten weeks.  The themes include: getting to know one’s body (essentially a women’s anatomy class), sexually transmitted infections (STI) and HIV/AIDS, cervical cancer and menopause, family planning and contraception, and the final class is a review of all of the themes and a graduation with diplomas. 

In addition providing education to the women, we encourage them to attend our monthly women's clinics where we provide pelvic/papanicolaou exams, STI testing and treatment, as well as contraception (birth control pills and injections) free of charge to each of our patients. 

We started our first round of classes with 3 groups of women, ranging in size from 7 to 18 students, in Santiago and San Pedro, Sacatepéquez.  In the past month we have completed these classes and successfully graduated 27 students.  These classes were extremely successful in terms of participant reception as well as attendance. We will continue to offer these classes and expand them to other communities!

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Mar 15, 2011

Child malnutrition programs are growing!

Dear Friends,

I am writing this brief update to you from the field here in Guatemala, where we have just spent a couple of days in Paquip, the first community project funded by this initiative. We have been meeting with municipal leadership and ironing out the last details of the project. Last week, baseline data collection on all malnourished children were completed by our team (both new local volunteers and our regional Wuqu' Kawoq staff), and the Plumpydoz product will arrive on site in a couple of weeks, so we are just about ready to begin!

Thanks to your generosity, of course, we are not just going to be working with this project in Paquip. We have designated several other communities where we will be starting similar programs using the extra money raised. This is tremendously exciting, because it gives us the opportunity to collaborate with other organizations and communities that have asked for our help, but that we have not yet had the capacity to deal with.

We have hired a few new local staff to manage the growth in programs spurred on by this fundraising campaign, and we are also investing small amounts in infrastructure to support the programs. For example, we are constructing a small building in the Bocacosta region to help with the efficiency of our project expansions there (see the link below for information on this project).

As always, thanks for your support and interest in our work!

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Feb 22, 2011

Community manual for diabetes education

Working on the manual
Working on the manual

Starting in January 2011, work began in earnest on our new diabetes training manual. The idea for this manual came out of a collaboration we have with INCAP (Institute of Nutrition in Central America and Panama) and APRECOR (Guatemalan Association for Prevention of Heart Disease) to develop better educational resources for Kaqchikel speaking diabetic patients. Starting with resources originally developed for an urban, non indigenous Guatemalan population, Wuqu' Kawoq is embarking on an extensive cultural and linguistic revision of these materials to make them more appropriate for our target population. The end result will be a training manual, consisting of seven interactive sessions, which can be used to teach health promoters to lead group-based sessions with diabetic patients in their communities. As part of the revision, new handouts and patient education illustrations, especially designed for low-literate populations, are being developed.

Work on this manual is now well underway. Linguists from Kaqchikel Cholchi', the Kaqchikel linguistics organization, are collaborating with Wuqu' Kawoq staff to produce the adaptation, which will then be field tested on select groups of volunteer patients and health promoters prior to release to the general public. Staff from both organizations are meeting weekly at the offices of Kaqchikel Cholchi' in Chimaltenango to move this project forward.

At the same time as this exciting new work is going on, we continue to provide the same high quality diabetes care to patients as always!

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