Pamela Prohoroff via Crowdrise
August 04, 2012
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Far from the comforts, conveniences and qualities of health care we enjoy, the world’s most vulnerable populations struggle merely to survive. Today alone, 28,000 children under the age of five will die from untreated illnesses. In the vast majority of cases, their deaths could have been prevented. Women, too, living in underdeveloped regions, are 300-times more likely to die from pregnancy and childbirth complications than their counterparts in industrialized countries. While the numbers help to tell the story, they fail to depict the face of the crisis that is all too visible – all too personal – where resources don’t exist and hope is vanishing.
Guatemala is a democratic republic located in Central America and is currently in the process of restoring its social system after several decades of armed conflict. With 13 million inhabitants, Guatemala is the most populous nation in Central America. The population is largely poor, rural, young and indigenous. It is a multiethnic nation with 23 linguistic groups. The birth rates are the highest in the region, with infant mortality the third highest in the Americas. The HIV/AIDS epidemic is growing, and the estimated incidence of tuberculosis is 1%. Guatemala also reports 60% of the Malaria cases in Central America. Approximately 30% of pregnant women have nutritional deficits and 68% of children under-5 suffer from chronic malnutrition in the indigenous populations. Food securities have worsened in recent years and pockets of populations with severe malnutrition have reappeared. Approximately 22% of the population lives on less than $1 per day.