Current Project: Guatemala (Wuqu' Kawoq)
Diabetes CarE (2017-18)
This is our third year with our partner, Wuqu' Kawoq!
This year our project aims to provide 50 patients with adequate diabetes care for 1 year. The number of patients with Type 2 diabetes in Guatemala is expected to double in the next 20 years. Currently, Wuqu' Kawoq provides care for 150 patients with Type 2 diabetes and hopes to double the number of patients they serve. All patients are offered free, standard-of-care services which include regular medical check up, home education visits, laboratory testing, medication and supplies, and screening for diabetes complications. Through educational home visits, Wuqu' Kawoq is able to build a trusting relationship with their patients. The patients in turn are more likely to adopt healthier behavior such as incorporating more exercise and healthy eating habits.
Our goal is to raise $10,000 to accomplish this project!
Past Projects: Guatemala (Wuqu' Kawoq)
Women's Reproductive Health (2016-17)
In 2016, we raised $12,000 to help Wuqu' Kawoq improve access to better family planning tools such hormonal implants and IUDs. These long-acting reversible contraceptives are more effective as they do not need to be frequently replaced. Due to the limited access to healthcare and cultural norms, these discreet contraceptives allow the indigenous Mayan women to plan their pregnancies. Wuqu' Kawoq was able to purchase at least 200 contraceptives for their patients. The women that receive these contraceptives will not only have control over their own bodies but they will be able to better to support their families and their children.
WATER FILTERS (2015-16)
We have begun a new partnership with Wuqu' Kawoq also known as Maya Health Alliance!
Our project was aimed focused on unlocking access to clean water within the Central Guatemalan community of Chiaj. We worked alongside our partner and supported their clean water initiative with the installation of 44 new BioSand water filters within the community. If properly maintained, these filters have a life span of 10 to 15 years and allows each household to have 40 L of clean drinking water a day. Furthermore, this project created additional awareness and education for clean water, but it also enhanced the pre-existing nutrition programs that are implemented in the area.
We surpassed our goal of $5,000 to make this project a reality!
Past projects: El Salvador (Clinica Ana Manganaro)
Satellite Clinic (2014)
In 2014, we worked towards rebuilding a satellite clinic in Guancora, a community that neighbored our then partner, Clínica Ana Manganaro (CAM), in Guarjila. The Guancora clinic is an integral part of the community because it frequently serves as the only option for those seeking medical care within the area; its connection to resources from Guarjila is valuable was well. Conversely, its appearance didn't equate to its importance. The original state of the satellite clinic was VERY run down. It was bat-infested, dirty, and had no running water or working latrines for its employees and patients. We agreed on this project with CAM because we both believed that a stable, cleanly environment for the workers and patients at the Guancora clinic was of the upmost importance. The new building now serves as a safer place for people to seek medical attention as well as serve the vaccination campaigns and educational events of the health promoters.
Emergency Room & Waiting Room (2013)
Initially, our GlobeMed chapter was set out to fund a health library, but after visiting our partner we decided to go in a different direction. The most pressing issue at the clinic that summer was a lack of waiting and operating space. It was a concern stemming from the fact that the staff at Clínica Ana Manganaro serve not only those that live in Guarjila, but also people from the eight other neighboring municipalities. This visit resulted in our change of course. Together, our partner and our chapter built an emergency room and a waiting area adjacent to the clinic. Now the staff is able to serve a greater percentage of those who visit the clinic and are less often forced to send patients back home due to overcrowding. Despite the new additions to the clinic, we did not completely abandon our initial project of building a health library! A shelf case filled with books are available to those in the clinic.
El Chalet (2012)
In 2012, we supported our partner's need to expand El Chalet, or a food cooperative. This engaged in a novel program to provide for the unique needs of the patients at Clínica Ana Manganaro (CAM). As expected, El Chalet offers daily, low-cost breakfast and lunch for staff members and patients who have traveled numerous hours to seek medical care at CAM. However, a unique mother-infant nutrition program has been established that offers meals and nutritional education to pregnant women, infants, and undernourished children at no charge.
All the food that is prepared is made from locally grown produce/livestock and supports the community’s agricultural economy. The only exception is powdered soy milk, which must be imported and introduced into the diets of several infants and small children to bolster their health. Additionally, pregnant women, small children, and their guardians receive consultations from an on-site nutritionist and gynecologist regarding proper nutrition during pregnancy and the formative years. This instills a commitment to a healthy lifestyle from an early age. Lastly, El Chalet is managed by a cooperative of women, mostly single mothers; the profits are divided among these workers and often serve as the only source of steady income for many families.
We collaborated with our partner at the time, Clínica Ana Manganaro, to support the construction and restoration of 47 latrines within the Guarjilan community. With proper maintenance, these latrines have a usable lifespan of 15-17 years. This sanitational improvement continues to lower the rate of helminthiasis and diarrheal cases within the area. Additionally, this project assisted with each family's personal hygiene education and their availability of clean drinking water.