Health
 Guatemala
Project #7817

Primeros Pasos

by Inter-American Health Alliance

Summary

The Primeros Pasos Clinic is the only reliable and affordable source of local health care in the area that offers medical, dental, and lab services to both adults and children. We combine clinical care with year-round health education classes in schools and community groups to create a lasting, positive impact on the quality of life of the rural communities of the Palajunoj Valley of Quetzaltenango, Guatemala.
$6,816
total raised
102
donors
0
monthly donors
5
years active

Challenge

The Palajunoj Valley is a rural area with limited health resources. The situation for women is particularly dire as they are often marginalized and economically dependent on male family members and approximately 68% of indigenous Guatemalan children under the age of five are chronically malnourished (higher than any other country in Central America and many African countries). Primeros Pasos strives to empower woman and children toward better health in the Palajunoj Valley.

Solution

Primeros Pasos is the only reliable and affordable source of local health care in the area. We combine clinical care with health education programs for women and children to create lasting change in rural health. All Valley public school children are offered annual medical check-ups and we use mobile clinics to reach distant communities in the Valley. We are the only provider of dental and pharmaceutical services in the area.

Long-Term Impact

Since 2002, Primeros Pasos has witnessed significant decreases in malnutrition and parasitic infection rates for area children and adults. In 2013, the Clinic gave medical attention to 3478 walk in patients and 2322 primary school students who would have otherwise received little to no care. Through continued access to healthcare and health education, Primeros Pasos looks to reach all 15,000 Valley residents with quality medical services and health education.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).

Resources

http:/​/​www.primerospasos.org; http:/​/​www.interamericanhealth.org
Primeros Pasos' Web site
Primeros Pasos' Facebook Page
Inter-American Health Alliance's Web site

Organization Information

Inter-American Health Alliance

Location: Washington, DC - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.interamericanhealth.org
Inter-American Health Alliance
Project Leader:
Jamie De Guzman Pet
Clinic Director
Quetzaltenango, Quetzaltenango Guatemala

Retired Project!

This project is no longer accepting donations.

Still want to help?

Find another project in Guatemala or in Health that needs your help.
Find a Project

Learn more about GlobalGiving

Teenage Science Students
Vetting +
Due Diligence

Snorkeler
Our
Impact

Woman Holding a Gift Card
Give
Gift Cards

Young Girl with a Bicycle
GlobalGiving
Guarantee

Sign up for the GlobalGiving Newsletter