Project #7817

Primeros Pasos

by Inter-American Health Alliance
Feb 1, 2012

2011 Achievements lead to New 2012 Clinic Ventures

Mobile Dental Clinic
Mobile Dental Clinic

Since the beginning of 2012, Primeros Pasos has been in full-swing operating all established programs and also initiating new ventures. As we kick-off the new calendar year, we would like to take a moment to inform you of all the achievements we made throughout 2011 and what we look forward to accomplishing in 2012. 


In October and November of 2011, the Primeros Pasos team traveled out into the Palajunoj Valley visiting day care centers to provide health care and preventative health education to the under school-aged children in the communities we serve. In total, 258 children in 12 day care centers were treated and taught this year. 


Of the 3,768 walk-in patients served, the most common illnesses were bacterial infections in either the respiratory or intestinal systems. Of the 2,493 children that were seen through Primeros Pasos’ Healthy Schools Program, 46% provided samples for analysis.  Of the samples received, over 40% showed signed of parasitic infections.  

As an innovative approach to dental care, Mobile Dental Clinics were introduced the later part of the year taking dental services on the road to the furthest Valley communities – Bella Vista and Las Majadas.  In total, the Clinic Dentist extracted 172 infected teeth from 80 children and adults.

The clinic's work was supported by 166 volunteers both from within Guatemala and from various countries around the world. These individuals treated patients, taught children and women, established curriculum, took community diagnostics, made repairs to clinical and school facilities, and analyzed data taken by the clinic. 


The annual "Give the Gift of Health" Holiday Campaign was another wonderful success this year.  Each year, we update a special section of our website to facilitate this campaign it runs from Thanksgiving until the week after New Years.  This season, we raised just under $5,000 toward clinic operations and programs.  A large portion of these funds came from our amazing supporter at Boston University via  The holidays are a perfect time to thank our dedicated contributors like you for their generosity throughout the year.  We at Primeros Pasos sincerely appreciate your support and efforts ~ we wish the very best for you all in 2012!


It is with great pleasure that we WELCOME New Medical Director Dr. Ilsy Córdova to the Primeros Pasos team! Dr. Córdova comes to us with a sincere passion and ample experience in providing quality medical attention to children and families in rural Guatemala. With her support, the Clinic will further its stride toward lasting achievements in improved health for the Palajunoj Valley!


This year marks the launch of Primeros Pasos' Nutrition Program aimed at combating the high rates of malnutrition among children in the Palajunoj Valley!  Through the support of the GlobeMed Chapter a Georgetown University, Primeros Pasos has officially established two new clinic positions -- Nutritionist and Assistant Program Director -- to focus on the effective implementation of this program.  Together with Clinic staff, the Nutrition team will identify 25 malnourished children under 5 years old within the Valley.  They will aid in the improvement of the children’s overall health status and provide an extensive health education curriculum to the children’s parents in an effort to increase the families' abilities to make better health choices, especially with respect to diet and hygiene. 


Primeros Pasos has helped to support young women studying in Chichicastengango by giving them academic support and scholarships. This program has helped to empower women to continue in education and build up their marketable skills base.

In 2012, we are very excited to announce the beginning of a scholarship program within the Palajunoj Valley. This year, through the generosity of several individuals, Primeros Pasos will be supporting five young adults to continue their education passed 6th grade and into high school. We look forward to establishing and expanding this program to support young people becoming educated leaders within our community.


For frequent updates about Primeros Pasos, please join us on facebook at!/pages/Primeros-Pasos/7914146313!

Want to get involved?  Visit our website at to learn about our volunteer opportunities!

Day Care Center
Day Care Center
New Medical Director - Doctor Ilsy Cordova
New Medical Director - Doctor Ilsy Cordova
2011 Annual Women
2011 Annual Women's Program Holiday Event
Give the Gift of Health Annual Holiday Campaign
Give the Gift of Health Annual Holiday Campaign
Everyone enjoys the Holiday Event
Everyone enjoys the Holiday Event



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Inter-American Health Alliance

Location: Washington, DC - USA
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Inter-American Health Alliance
Project Leader:
Jamie De Guzman Pet
Clinic Director
Quetzaltenango, Quetzaltenango Guatemala

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