Improving Maternal-Infant Health for Mayan Women

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

Where is this project located?

Map of Improving Maternal-Infant Health for Mayan Women