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.
Jan 3, 2013

Construction Finished!

Dear Friends, 

We are so happy to inform you that we are declaring the project to construct this clinic officially completed! As those of you who have been following along know, this construction has been a long process, and we've been already working out of the (partially functional) space for quite a while now, as construction has proceeded. 

However, this week the last outstanding item - installation of the final drain pipes for the property under the town highway - was completed! This means that the clinic is now finally connected to all the municipal waste water services, and the project is a success. 

Thanks you your support and generous donations, this new clinic will provide a comfortable and secure environment for providing health services to the 5 communities that it serves. 

If you would like to continue to follow along with Wuqu' Kawoq, please follow this link, where you can sign up for our email list. Alternatively, you can visit our other projects on Global Giving here.

Thanks again for your support!


Nov 28, 2012

Successes and Plans for the Coming Year

Dear friends, 

Thanks so much for your ongoing support this year! We greatly appreciate it. 

We wish you and yours a pleasant and enjoyable holiday season. If you are still looking for an end of the year giving opportunity, don't forget that it is easy to donate to any of Wuqu' Kawoq's projects through the Global Giving interface here. In addition to regular giving options, the interface also allows you to give holiday gift cards or donate in honor of a loved one, both great options for alternative holiday giving!

As the year draws to a close, I wanted to provide a brief research update from one of the community nutrition projects that you have supported this year. This project has been providing direct nutritional supplementation and medical care for children for 18 months now. In this time, based on new data that we just collected last month, we've seen that the rates of severe stunting have fallen by more than 40%. This reduction in stunting has occurred at the community level, including even the small number of children who haven't been always so regular at taking their supplements or coming to medical checkups. This means that the positive messages about child nutrition and coming together to combat this problem are really having an effect at all levels in the community!

Also, as the year draws to a close, we are just wrapping up analysis of our focused needs assessment survey that we performed over the summer, and to which I've alluded in prior updates. This survey, they results of which I'll share with you when the analysis is complete, are really pointing us towards some new opportunities in 2013, especially focused on improving dietary diversity and support for new mothers. Look for these changes and additions to our programming in coming months!

As always, thanks for your support, and feel free to email me with any questions at peter@wuqukawoq.org. 


Oct 30, 2012

Responding to Overwhelming Medical Need

Dear friends, one of the things that amazes me the most about Wuqu' Kawoq's diabetes staff and program is how adaptable and capable they are, and how committed to patient care. This was recently demonstrated to me by two recent cases from last month. 

Since we are largely a referral diabetes program, patients tend to come to us after having failed to achieve adequate treatment for their diabetes elsewhere. As such, most of the time our diabetic patients are really quite sick and require a lot of individualized attention. In fact, many of them end up coming to us because they've been turned away by other clinics that feel they are too advanced in their diabetes to be treatable. 

Recently, two patients had to start peritoneal dialysis, because their diabetes was so long-standing and had caused such damage to their kidneys. This would normally be an insurmountable barrier, both financially and logistically, for the average patient. However, our excellent social work staff guided both patients through the entire process, accompanying them to their medical visits, picking up medication prescriptions, and so on. Our excellent nursing staff taught the patients how to watch their diets, prevent infection, and manage their home dialysis sessions. Our excellent logistics staff made sure that each patient had an appropriate place in the home to initiate dialysis safely. 

All in all, the experience made me feel so proud to be part of this team, which is consistently transforming and elevating the quality of care offered to patients with this difficult disease. 

As always, none of this would be possible without your support and encouragement! We ask that you please consider us once again this holiday season in your giving. Don't forget that Global Giving will allow you to give a donation in honor of a loved one!


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