Saving Lives - Improving Health in Rural Guatemala

by People for Guatemala, Inc. Vetted since 2013 Site Visit Verified


The 100,000 people living in rural villages in San Martin, Jilotepeque lack even the most basic health care. Most have no access to treatment or medicine. Our health team is sensitive to the indigenous culture. We focus on educating patients about nutrition, hygiene, how to manage chronic and acute diseases, prenatal care and child development. Without our care men, women, and especially children will go untreated because families lack resources to see doctor

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The indigenous live in extreme poverty and have little or no access to health care.Their challenges include illiteracy, language barriers, lack of transportation, and no services or facilities near their villages. Many do not have running water, electricity,good hygiene practices & food security.Families barely survive on $5 a day. Ill patients do not seek treatment because they do not have financial resources to pay for doctors and medicine. Lack of education hinders treatment and recovery.


Our health team provides medical care, medicine, and education to the all people living in San Martin, Jilotepeque. Chronically ill patients receive proper education about their disease and how to manage healthier lifestyles. Critically ill patients receive financial support for transportation, tests, exams, medicine,and care at appropriate hospitals. Adults and children receive vitamins. If patients cannot pay the symbolic fee of Q20 ($3) our services are free.

Long-Term Impact

Hundreds of people will live healthier lives. Educated mothers will understand nutrition and hygiene and how to better care for their families.Healthier families means children have a better chance to learn in school and wage earners are more likely to seek employment. Babies suffering from malnutrition will receive formula and vitamins. Critically ill children and adults will receive proper treatment. Lives will be saved through our efforts to care for and educate people living in rural Guatema



Organization Information

People for Guatemala, Inc.

Location: Naples, FL - USA
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Project Leader:
Lois Werner
Naples, FL United States
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