It is an exciting and important time to be working with midwives in Guatemala to improve the health of indigenous women!
In addition to the great work being done now by the midwifery cooperatives in Tecpán and Comalapa, this year we have begun working with midwifes and women in Santiago Sacatepéquez as well. This community is quite different from the other two, in that, although also a Kaqchikel-speaking town, it is close to the capital city and substantially more urbanized.
In the initial interest groups that we held in Santiago, we were pleasantly suprised to discover that the primary interest there was in a curriculum more strongly focused on women's rights, HIV and sexual transmitted infection prevention, and family planning. This is an area that we ourselves are actively trying to expand, and so we feel the time is right to collaborate!
We have spent several months thinking about these themes and working on these aspects of our curriculum. In the fall of this year, and into next year, we will be providing new training sessions on these themes to midwives and, what's more, collaborating with them to provide HIV and sexually transmitted infection screening and family planning counseling to their patients.
We hope that you will be as excited by this new initiative as we are, and that you will partner with us as we fundraise and work to make these ideas a reality.