INDIGENOUS WOMEN’S HEALTHCARE

Maya Health Alliance/Wuqu’ Kawoq is an healthcare organization working in the indigenous Mayan communities in Guatemala expressly respecting their culture and speaking their Mayan languages.They are the only organization in Guatemala conducting healthcare in the Mayan languages. The Mayan people are among the poorest and most underserved sector in the country. The Mayan women are ten times more likely to die from childbirth than in the US. There is no high quality women’s healthcare available. Indigenous women make up 50% of Guatemalan women. They are one of the most vulnerable populations in the world. 75 % of these women give birth at home.
50% of all Guatemalans speak a Mayan language.

MOBILE HEALTH PROJECT

Mobile Health care is accomplished by providing midwives with a smart phone powered
device to conduct pre natal exams. A blood pressure cuff, an oximeter and ultrasound to measure maternal health and fetal growth are included in the kit. Patient records can be transmitted to clinical staff. Currently, working with 42 midwives, maternal mortality rates have dropped to 0 in 1000 births. Preeclampsia is being detected at 6 times the public hospital rate. Successful hospital referrals are saving both mothers and babies lives.The project will serve Tecpan Guatemala, a district with 150,000 population. (90 % indigenous, 70% living below the nation’s poverty line.An area with one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the region.

NEXT STEPS

Training and supporting midwives.Training care navigators in advocacy and hospital culture and working within the public health system. Implementing referrals to hospitals quickly when needed. Data will be collected in both midwives’ and public health /hospital
areas. Gathering outcomes will further allow refinement of addressing patients’ needs.
Wuqu’ Kawoq is a well respected leader in health care provision. Working with 50 full time providers( mostly Mayan women) and serving 20,000 patients per year.

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