Diabetes Care for Kaqchikel Maya

May 17, 2010

Updates on diabetes work

Wuqu' Kawoq staff making diabetes housecalls.

Did you know that, by contributing to Wuqu' Kawoq's adult diabetes treatment programs in Guatemala, you are participating in a paradigm shift? Previously in Guatemala, there has been very little attention to the treatment of chronic diseases, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and kidney disease. However, as antibiotics and other lifesaving technologies now prevent most deaths from infectious disease, Guatemalans are living longer and the rates of chronic diseases are rising rapidly. These chronic diseases, although they do not kill immediately, cause disability and impact the financial and emotional security of families.

Wuqu' Kawoq is pioneering a model of health care delivery in Guatemala that includes the comprehensive treatment of chronic diseases, and you all are a part of it!

This month, one of our physicians was in Guatemala to perform a review of the diabetes program and see patients. He reports that things are going well. The program is now functioning in three highland Kaqchikel towns and we are regularly seeing over 60 diabetics, which is more than our goal of 50 patients for this Global Giving Project. This may small like a small number of patients, but in fact is an impressive logistical and financial committment to the wellbeing of these patients, who will need to be followed for their entire lives.

Thank your continued support of the project. As we move into the summer months, we would like to expand the number of patients we are able to serve, however this depends on the generousity of supporters like you! We ask that you consider continuing to support this project, either through a one-time gift or by registering to make a small regular monthly donation.

Even if you cannot support this project financially at this time, we ask that you support us in other important ways, such as forwarding project information to friends and family, posting links to the project on Facebook or your personal website, etc.

As always, we welcome your comments and suggestions.

Diabetes patient relaxing in Wuqu
Diabetes patient relaxing in Wuqu' Kawoq clinic.



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Wuqu' Kawoq

Bethel, VT, United States

Project Leader

Anne Kraemer Diaz

Bethel, VT United States

Where is this project located?

Map of Diabetes Care for Kaqchikel Maya