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.
Jun 10, 2013

New Malnutrition Report - and Matching $$ June 12

Dear Friends, 

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

First, as I talked about in our last project report, data from some of our communities is in and very encouraging, showing 50% reductions in rates of malnutrition. To follow up on this, I wanted to let you know that we've just released the final report of our study of factors associated with malnutrition. We are using the data in this study to make small changes to our programs, especially in the area of parent education, in order to achieve even better results. If you are interested, you can read the entire report at this link here.

Furthermore, I wanted to let you know that Global Giving 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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May 24, 2013

Reducing Malnutrition by 50%

Dear Friends,

I've spent the last few weeks in front of a computer looking at child growth data. It may sound boring, but actually it has been pretty exciting to have the time to do these interim analyses of our community nutrition programs. 

These programs, as many of you who have supported our work over the years know, are comprehensive. They provide medical checkups to young children, in addition to regular treatment for parasites and anemia and the provision of nutritional supplements. Recently, in the last year or so, we've also been working hard to improve our educational support of parents as they learn how best to support their children in the first few critical years of life. 

Our primary endpoint is trying to reduce rates of stunting, or chronic malnutrition, in young children. This is the primary form of malnutrition in rural Guatemala, which leads to lifelong disability through short stature and impaired intellectual development. 

And the good news is that our programs are working. For example, in one set of community data that I was analyzing last week, the rates of severe stunting have decreased more than 50%. At the same time, the rates of children who are underweight have decreased more than 60%. These sorts of demonstrable improvements in child health give us hope for the future!

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Apr 30, 2013

Research with Midwives - and Great Photos!

Dear Friends, 

Over the last few months, I've been working with our midwife colleagues to develop a robust plan for evaluating the exciting work they are doing. Since we've been working with them on this project for more than 5 years, and seen many great successes along the way, now feels like the right time to help them build some deeper capacity for collecting and analyzing data, which is an important part of being an effective health care organization. We've taken as a starting point our very successful pilot project developing a protocol for the treatment of postpartum hemorrhage. Over the next few months, we'll be training the midwives to collect their own data on how this program is going - they'll be looking at things like adherence to treatment protocols among the organization's members, volume of patients treated, supply line problems related to medication distribution, and the like. We are hopeful that this will be the start of a new initiative in the program to improve self-reflection, evaluation, and quality improvement. 

While this capacity building work is going on, simultaneously our sexual health education classes and cervical cancer screening programs are really picking up momentum for the year. These programs are extremely popular and well attended. We are also fortunate to have a volunteer medical student with us for the year who has been sitting in on the classes and providing close feedback to our staff and facilitators. Consequently we're seeing that each round of classes gets better through continuous curriculum improvement. I've attached some photos of classes in session, which I'm sure you will all enjoy. 

Thanks for your support, and please do consider us this year also in your giving. 

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