Silvia, 27, originally found out about WINGS from a neighbor. She returned to a WINGS mobile family planning clinic to renew her hormonal birth control implant, Jadelle. This small device, which is about the size of a matchstick, is placed under the skin of the upper arm and has a life span of about 4 years.
Silvia previously used hormonal injections to prevent pregnancy, but she is happy that, because of the implant, she doesn´t have to make the trip to the nearest health center every month. She saves money on bus fare and there is no risk that she will forget to go.
Silvia and her husband have two boys and they are quite satisfied with that number of children. It is a simple matter of mathematics. “With fewer children, you are able to give each one more. More clothes, more food, more time.” Her husband paints houses and since the budget is already tight, she knows that his salary won´t be sufficient to support more than four people.
Family planning empowers Silvia. She explains, “This is an opportunity that allows us to expand our possibilities. As women, this is an opportunity we have to take care of ourselves.”
Catalina, a 35 year-old mother of three, was taking her sick son to clinic in her community in Patzún when she encountered Ana, a WINGS Family Planning Educator. Ana told Catalina that she was only visiting for the day, but would be back in the area the following week to conduct a talk about family planning.
Catalina was interested in learning more about family planning, as she told Ana that while she has three children, she has also had three pregnancies that ended in abortion. Because she was poor and illiterate, Catalina didn’t have access to family planning methods.
The next week, Catalina attended the discussion, and spoke more with Ana about her options. Ana was able to refer her to receive an IUD, so now Catalina is able to live without worrying about future unplanned pregnancies.
To learn more about WINGS' family planning program, visit http://wingsguate.org/en/whatwedo/familyplanning
Antonia received an unpleasant surprise when she attended one of WINGS’ cervical cancer screenings in her home town of Ciudad Quetzal in May. She had an abnormal growth on her cervix. At the clinic, WINGS subsidized her same day cryotherapy treatment, which destroys abnormal cellular growth that can lead to cancer . After further tests, however, the diagnosis was bleak. Antonia’s cancer had progressed too far for simple sameday clinical treatments to have an effect, and she would have to begin chemotherapy.
At only 23 years old and with one child, Antonia could not fathom how she had developed her cancer at such a young age, but she is determined to continue fighting it. Thanks to the early detection from the WINGS screening, and continued support through referrals and subsidized care, Antonia is confident that she will be able to beat her cancer.
For more information about WINGS' Cervical Cancer Prevention program, visit http://wingsguate.org/en/whatwedo/cervicalcancer