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 28, 2013

New publication on Diabetes Care in Guatemala

Dear friends, 

We are very excited about plans for our diabetes programing in 2013. We've just hired some new staff to expand our capacity. This has become very important lately, as our panel of diabetic patients has continued to grow. In particular, we are now managing a core group of patients with very long-standing diabetes who are dealing with some significant diabetes-related complications, such as kidney failure. Intensive management of these complex patients, requires dedicated and competent local staff, and so the new hires are a first step towards addressing these new needs. 

In addition, we are happy to report that the result of some of our work with diabetics in Guatemala have just been published here and is available for reading free of charge. This study was conducted by some of our medical students and volunteers, who examined health patterns in our diabetic panel, with the goal of helping us improve our programming. Already, the results are having an impact on our plans for the year. For example, the study found that lack of strong family supports is a big factor in adherence to medication regimens and diabetic diets, and so we are putting more home visits and other similar supports in place for our patients this year. Similarly, the study demonstrated very high rates of obesity in our population, much higher than we had anticipated, and so we are thinking hard about what we can do to incorporate a more focused approach to weight loss and exercise into our patient education this year. 

As always, thanks so much for your support, and don't hesitate to write me at peter@wuqukawoq.org if you have any questions!

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Jan 28, 2013

Happy new year!

Dear friends, 

In my last report I gave you some updates on our plans for 2013. I'm happy to announce that things are moving forward at a steady pace. 

As I let you know in October, a major goal for this project in 2013 will be to expand on our already successful sexual health trainings for women in our partner communities. At the same time, we are also looking at ways to improve our coverage of women's medical care. In our partner communities, we've always provided access to family planning methods, prenatal care, and screening and treatment for cervical cancer. However, the goal for this year is to increase the demand for those services significantly. 

To help with this, we've brought on new staff members and new volunteers, including educational specialists and health promoters. We had our first planning meets for the year at the beginning of January, and the enthusiasm and energy on the team is very encouraging! 

I'm returning to Guatemala next week to do more staff training and also to plan specific activities for the first half of the year. I'll keep you updated, and I hope to have some new pictures soon! 

In the meantime, thanks as always for your support!

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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!

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