Making a Difference
The goal is to improve the health services for pregnant and lactating mothers and their children in the Western Highland municipalities. The program will also promote good nutrition practices and raise awareness of pregnancy-related health risks. Since 1975, International Needs Canada has been changing lives across the globe with development programs, empowering communities by helping them to develop the leadership potential within their own cultures, through education, skills training and providing opportunities for health care, clean water and sustainable agriculture. By building relationships with local leaders and recognising their unique understanding of their own cultures, International Needs Canada works alongside them to improve the quality of life in their community. The main focus is sustainability with programs designed to fit naturally with the community and to have a long-term impact on the health and wellbeing of all.
This proposal presents a bold vision for an international partnership to:
- Launch a three-year program that targets high-risk pregnancies and eliminates the preventable deaths of mothers and babies in the rural Western Highlands region, and
- Transform the overall state of perinatal healthcare in Guatemala.
Mothers and babies in Guatemala survive childbirth and thrive for a lifetime.
- Train birth attendants to recognize and handle risk factors during pregnancy.
- Increase the knowledge of perinatal medicine among nurses and doctors.
- Build a hospital that specializes in high-risk pregnancies.
- Establish the National Institute of Perinatology to improve the overall quality of care provided to mothers and babies across Guatemala.