Improving Maternal-Infant Health for Mayan Women

Oct 18, 2011

Maternal Child Health updates

Since last we wrote, the Maternal Child Health Program has enrolled 8 new women into the program, bringing to 67 the number of children who are being assisted.

In our last update, we mentioned Vilma, our social work volunteer, conducting a survey with the women. This has been very helpful for Pueblo a Pueblo as it has allowed us to assess areas of strength as well as areas where we can improve the program. Some of the most important results from her report are the following:

  • When asked what the most helpful part of the program is, many mothers mentioned access to medical care, coverage of prescriptions, coverage of labor and delivery costs, and the personal attention received after the birth of their child.
  • Among the topics that the mothers feel were most helpful and that they put into practice in their homes were Hygiene and Improving the Nutrition of your Child.
  • With respect to the coverage of medical costs, 62% of the mothers interviewed reported that medical expenses for the family have decreased, 35% reported that their children get sick less often, and 4% said they are able to take more children to the doctor. This is important because it shows that the Maternal Child Health Program is not only serving the sponsored child, but also their siblings.
  • Topics mothers would like learn about include: How to prepare nutritious meals and Natural Medicine.
  • Topics mothers would like to revisit are Family planning and contraceptive methods.

We are now working on incorporating their suggestions into our programming and look forward to reporting back on the outcomes of these additions.

Aug 1, 2011

Maternal Infant Health Latest Activities

Vilma doing Social Interview
Vilma doing Social Interview

Indigenous women who participate in our  Maternal Infant Health Program receive an educational workshop every month. During 2011 alone, we have covered the following themes;

  • Importance of Pre-natal care 
  • Danger signs  during pregnancy
  • The benefits of Vitamin A and C
  • Family Planning Methods
  • Personal and Home Hygiene
  • Women's Social Participation

It is good to see that the women share their own experiences and also ask questions on issues that many times are 'tabu' in the community.They have established a relationship of confidence with 'Chonita' the Coordinator of the Program which is much needed in order for the program to function well.

We also had a local volunteer for three months, Vilma, who helped us perform a 'social interview' with the women as well as a general diagnoses of the Maternal Infant Health Program. Vilma, who is finishing her degree in Social Work was able to see first hand the many needs of the families in the program which are representative of the many issues that poor mayanTtz'utujiil families daily face in Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala.

Mothers at Monthly Meeting
Mothers at Monthly Meeting


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Project Leader

Rosemary Trent

Executive Director
Santiato Atitlan, Solola Guatemala

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