Improving Maternal, Newborn and Child Health in Guatemala
The Canadian government is putting in $7 for every dollar we raise for Guatemala.
In other words, $1500 x 7 = $10,500!
The health of indigenous Mayan Guatemalans is among the worst in the Western Hemisphere, especially in the rural Western Highlands region, which is vulnerable to natural disasters and drought. Chronic malnutrition has resulted in Guatemala having the highest stunting rates in Latin America. Furthermore, the country places in the top three Latin American countries for maternal and child mortality. Many of the deaths that take place every year can be prevented with basic health education and better access to health services.
The goal is to improve the health services for 68,400 pregnant and lactating mothers and their children in the Western Highland municipalities of Todos Santos and Comitancillo. Maternal Newborn Child Health (MNCH) Aides will provide lactation workshops and encourage breastfeeding. The program will also promote good nutrition practices and raise awareness of MNCH-related health risks so vulnerable women are empowered to make sound health-related decisions.
The IMPACT program
(Improving Maternal Participation and Access to Community Training)
is being delivered by