The Primeros Pasos Clinic is the only reliable and affordable source of local health care in the area that offers medical, dental, and lab services to both adults and children. We combine clinical care with year-round health education classes in schools and community groups to create a lasting, positive impact on the quality of life of the rural communities of the Palajunoj Valley of Quetzaltenango, Guatemala.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
The Palajunoj Valley is a rural area with limited health resources. The situation for women is particularly dire as they are often marginalized and economically dependent on male family members. Meanwhile, approximately 68% of indigenous Guatemalan children under the age of five are chronically malnourished (higher than any other country in Central America and many African countries). Primeros Pasos strives to empower woman and children toward better health in the Palajunoj Valley.
How will this project solve this problem?
Primeros Pasos is the only reliable and affordable source of local health care in the area. We combine clinical care with health education programs for women and children to create lasting change in rural health. All Valley public school children are offered annual medical check-ups and we use mobile clinics to reach distant communities in the Valley. We are the only provider of dental and pharmaceutical services in the area.
Potential Long Term Impact
Since 2002, Primeros Pasos has witnessed significant decreases in malnutrition and parasitic infection rates for area children and adults. In 2011, the Clinic gave medical attention to more than 8,000 individuals who would have otherwise received little to no care. Through continued access to healthcare and health education, Primeros Pasos looks to reach all 15,000 Valley residents with quality medical services and health education.
Total Funding Received to Date: $6,676
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $73,824
Total Funding Goal: $80,500