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Support Kaqchikel midwives in Guatemala



Combating discrimination and empowering indigenous midwives in Guatemala to transform the health of their communities through organizing, professional development and continuing education.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Guatemala has the highest rate of maternal mortality in the region. Although indigenous midwives are the primary care givers for most rural women, they are often not empowered in the work and face serious discrimination from physicians. In addition they lack access to high-quality education in a format and langugage that they understand. Finally, their work is hindered by the extreme poverty of their patients, who often cannot afford the medical therapies that they recommend.

How will this project solve this problem?

The project organizes midwives in three large Kaqchikel-speaking towns. Continuing education and professional development is provided in Kaqchikel. Basic medicines and supplies, such as prenatal vitamins, are subsidized for associated patients.

Potential Long Term Impact

Through education and organizing, the 150 midwives affiliated with the project can be a powerful force for change. The health of women and children in their communities, who number in the thousands, will be transformed.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $9,030
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $5,970
Total Funding Goal: $15,000


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Wuqu' Kawoq

Bethel, VT, United States

Project Leader

Peter Rohloff

Executive Director
Bethel, VT United States

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