Maternal and child health outcomes in Guatemala are among the worst in the region. Furthermore, health risks are even higher in rural and indigenous areas. In fact, for every Guatemalan woman that dies, three indigenous women die from the same causes.
Our goal is to reduce the number of preventable maternal and child deaths in Guatemala by helping to prepare and sustain local midwives in their communities. Given the 5000 year history of midwifery in Guatemala, it should come as no surprise that midwives have the greatest influence on health-related decisions, and are present for 80% of births. With Guatemala currently lacking the hospital capacity to accommodate more than 20% of the country’s births, affordable local providers are desperately needed.
· Due to international groups providing medical care at no cost, local providers are often undermined, and thus an effective healthcare system has yet to be established.
· In isolated communities, obstetrical providers often have limited training and lack even the most basic equipment for their work.
· Community members are unaware of social issues impacting these health outcomes such as malnutrition, unsafe drinking water and limited knowledge of appropriate pre and postnatal care methods.
· Midwifery Training: Through local partner organizations, a capacity-building workshop with hands-on activities will be implemented to educate on various health topics and on community health programs.
· KareKits: Low-cost kits, equipped with the tools and technologies needed to prevent the common causes of maternal, neonatal and pediatric deaths, will be distributed to midwives enrolled in the training program.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
· A $10 donation will stock the KareKit with the most basic birth supplies.
· A $50 donation will fund a KareKit for a midwife.
· A $100 donation will cover costs associated with a midwifery training session.