Health
 Guatemala
Project #5585

Support Kaqchikel midwives in Guatemala

by Wuqu' Kawoq

Summary

Combating discrimination and empowering indigenous midwives in Guatemala to transform the health of their communities through organizing, professional development and continuing education.
$15,000
total goal
$4,730
remaining
179
donors
0
monthly donors
5
years active

Challenge

Guatemala has the highest rate of maternal mortality in the region. Although indigenous midwives are the primary care givers for most rural women, they are often not empowered in the work and face serious discrimination from physicians. In addition they lack access to high-quality education in a format and langugage that they understand. Finally, their work is hindered by the extreme poverty of their patients, who often cannot afford the medical therapies that they recommend.

Solution

The project organizes midwives in three large Kaqchikel-speaking towns. Continuing education and professional development is provided in Kaqchikel. Basic medicines and supplies, such as prenatal vitamins, are subsidized for associated patients.

Long-Term Impact

Through education and organizing, the 150 midwives affiliated with the project can be a powerful force for change. The health of women and children in their communities, who number in the thousands, will be transformed.

Resources

http:/​/​www.wuqukawoq.org
Wuqu' Kawoq's website
AssociaciĆ³n de Comadronas Tradicionales

Organization Information

Wuqu' Kawoq

Location: Bethel, VT - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.wuqukawoq.org
Project Leader:
Peter Rohloff
Executive Director
Bethel, VT United States

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