WINGS

WINGS creates opportunities for Guatemalan families to improve their lives through family planning education and access to reproductive health services.
Oct 20, 2011

Monica receives quick and successful treatment

Monica, 27, grew up in Guatemala City’s main dump and has never made it out. Today she works there pulling discarded perfumes out from the trash to sell on. Doing this means Monica is just able to feed herself, but has never had enough for health-care. She heard that a WINGS Cervical Cancer clinic was coming to her neighborhood and recalled a Pap-Smear she had years ago with a different organization: she never got the result back. Monica worried she was at risk of having HPV (Human papillomavirus) as she was raped when she was 20 by an unknown man.  

She decided to go the WINGS clinic and after some counseling got a Rapid Test for Cervical Cancer where she able to get her result within a minute. Unfortunately, her test revealed abnormal cell growth on her cervix. Monica was very frightened and the cancer was more advanced than WINGS' own Cryotherapy treatment can cure. But our nurse secured her an appointment with a specialist from the National Cancer Institute that same day so Monica began treatment within days. WINGS supported her through this and Monica has since made a great recovery. She is determined to get future checks with WINGS to make sure she stays in the clear.

Without this test, Monica would not have realized she was developing Cervical Cancer until it was too late. In fact, in Guatemala Uterine Cancer is the leading cause of Cancer related deaths in Guatemala even though it is highly treatable if detected early. With your support more women like Monica can get low-cost, reliable and rapid tests and treatment through WINGS.

Oct 20, 2011

Educator, Evelyn, talks about her commitment to WINGS

Evelyn (left) gives counsel to a friend
Evelyn (left) gives counsel to a friend

Evelyn, 28, began working with WINGS as a volunteer helping spread information about sexual and reproductive health to women in her village. She was so motivated and successful in reaching out to her community that WINGS soon took her on as a full time field educator. Here she speaks a little about why she remains commited to the job:

“Working with WINGS has given me the chance to really see the culture and beliefs that we have around family planning. Mainly it’s due to poor education – or none at all – about reproductive health. I’ve worked with so many families here that wanted guidance on these topics that I know the work we’re doing is important. In most communities, people don’t have access to the kinds of services WINGS can provide so it’s great that we can fill that gap. I feel really good about my work because I’ve supported families in reaching their own family planning decision by giving them information. We hope to keep counting on the support of people who make our work possible. I truly believe that this is fundamental for my country, and I will continue to work my hardest on this with WINGS.”

You can see Evelyn talk more about her experiences in our 8minute film here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=muMhxy9XBT4

Aug 4, 2011

An all too common story with a safe ending

WINGS field educator talks to a group of women
WINGS field educator talks to a group of women

Alma is 27 but has already been pregnant seven times – only four of her children are alive now. She was excited to hear about a WINGS mobile clinic in her area and told her husband she’d like to get a tubal ligation. Her husband was firmly against it: he insisted that they should keep having children in the hope that more would survive to take care of them in their old age. Alma was really upset by his reaction, she explained that childbirth had been a dangerous and painful experience for her and she was afraid to go through it again. She also told him they could care better for their existing four children if they planned to focus on supporting them - they were already going hungry.  Despite these reasons, he refused to support her.

Tired of being dominated by her alcoholic husband, Alma decided to take charge of her body and got the tubal ligation on her own.  She is deeply grateful to WINGS’ donors for lowering the cost of the operation so she was able to afford it alone. Alma continues to work in a tortilla store in her local market, and feels a weight off her mind to know she won’t go through another agonizing pregnancy.

 
   

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