As I am enjoying the falling colorful leaves and softening light in the northeastern US, my thoughts are focused on the work that is needed to prepare for the team from Mayanza to return to Santiago Atitlan in February. On the to-do-list is a number of things including selecting, ordering, and packing supplies to provide oral health screening and dental varnish, anemia screening and treatment and a dose of anti-parasite medication to over 500 children in four schools. We are also making preparations for celebrating the conclusion of our first year of the diabetes lifestyle modification program for women and recruiting another class that will being in February. And in between trips is the time for the important analysis of data collected in the evaluation of our programs to better understand what is working and areas that we can improve.
In addition, we are celebrating being awarded a grant from the PA Foundation in June to expand our anemia prevention and treatment program to the families of the children that we see. I traveled to Guatemala in October to meet with school administrators and a number of community organizations to solicit feedback on a plan to expand our services in the community. It was such an important week to connect with our friends and colleagues in Santiago and to create new collaborations. As a result, we are excited to offer a Family Health Fair in February at each of the four schools we partner with. We will expand our oral health program, anemia prevention and treatment program focusing on women of childbearning age and young children and provide education about lifestyle modification for prevention of chronic diseases to the families of the children we serve.
Mayanza is an all volunteer organization with 100% of donations directly used to improve the health of the community of Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala. Our team is comprised of an interprofessional team of physician assistants, nurses, physician assistant, medical, dental and public health students and non-medical volunteers who donate their time and expertise to improving the health of school children in this community.
In a few weeks Giving Tuesday will be upon us. Please help us to continue our work in Santiago and make a donation on December 3rd - Giving Tuesday! Without your support, we could not provide this much needed care to this community.
Thank you! Muchas gracias! Maltiox!