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 9, 2013

Improving peer support for diabetes

Dear Friends, this has been a really busy week for the diabetes program. 

In previous months, I've hinted to you about the new educational initiative for diabetes patients that we are rolling out. Education, as you might expect, is a huge part of any diabetes program. Over the years, we've developed a number of educational materials for our patients, and our nurses and community health promoters also provided individualized, one-on-one education during regular home visits to patients and their families. 

However, one big area that has been missing still is the creation of a sense of community among the diabetes patients themselves. For example, as we noted in a recent research publication (see the link below), many diabetics feel alone with their disease. They often also feel stressed by pressures within their own families that prevent them from making good health and dietary choices. To combat this, we are instituting peer support groups for our patients, which will meet regularly and will be facilitated by our health promotion staff. In the United States and other developed countries, this strategy has been very successful at improving patient satisfaction and also disease control, and we are looking forward to seeing what happens with our patients!

To make this program a success, we've brought on a new volunteer, who just arrived in Guatemala and will be working full time on this project over the coming year, helping our local staff get the program up to speed. 

Thanks for your support!

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Jun 10, 2013

Vision Restored - And Matching $$ June 12!

Dear Friends, 

This is just a really quick note to let you know about two things. 

First, to tell you a quick story. The picture you are seeing here is of Dominga, one of our long-standing diabetes patients (she's given me permission to tell her story). Dominga has had diabetes for a long time, but she spent almost 10 years looking for a medical home before she found us. She has kidney problems as a result of her diabetes, and she has also had life-threatening foot infections. However, we've been able to help her through all of this, thanks to your help. This photo was taken just before a routine surgery for diabetes-induced cataracts. She's back home and seeing better than she has in 20 years. Thank you so much for making this program a possibility!

Second, I wanted to let you know that GlobalGiving is having a Matching Funds Campaign on June 12. Because we are a "Superstar" ranked organization, this means that all donations to any of our projects on June 12 will be matched 50%! You can see the list of all of our current projects here. Pass the link on to your friends and colleagues!

Thanks as always for your amazing support and interest in our work. 

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Jun 10, 2013

Midwives are the Safety Net - Matching $$ June 12

Dear Friends, 

This is just a really quick note to let you know about two things. 

First, I want to tell you a brief story - which actually has nothing to do with midwifery or women's health! The photo that you are seeing her is of Karen, a delightful young girl from an outlying community where our midwives work. Karen and her parents have given us permission to share her story. Karen is suffering from a neurological condition which has caused the muscles on the right side of her face not to function well, as you can see from the photo. 

What is the point of the story? Well, it is that Karen has never seen a doctor for this condition because her family has no money to pay for transportation or consultations. However, the midwife in her community identified the child and correctly diagnosed what was going on; subsequently she referred her directly to our subspecialty clinic, where she is now receiving care. Midwives matter, not just because they deliver babies, but also because they are the health safety net for everyone in their communities!

Second, I wanted to let you know that GlobalGiving is having a Matching Funds Campaign on June 12. Because we are a "Superstar" ranked organization, this means that all donations to any of our projects on June 12 will be matched 50%! You can see the list of all of our current projects here. Pass the link on to your friends and colleagues!

Thanks as always for your amazing support and interest in our work. 

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