Update on the Women’s Health Education Program:

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After successfully completing our first session of women’s sexual health classes in April, we have been able to use the past few weeks to reflect and make improvements on the structure and content of the classes.  The process of creating a successful, sustainable education program has been a very rewarding and humbling experience.  By focusing on the areas where we could improve, we are now nearly prepared to begin our second session of women’s sexual health classes.  In addition to the existing lessons: women’s anatomy, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), HIV/AIDS, cervical cancer, family planning and contraception, we have added an additional lesson on menopause, which has already received positive feedback by our teacher.  We will be working with a new teacher for this session as well.  She is a nurse that was hired by Wuqu’ Kawoq in March and has been very busy, and a very useful asset to our projects.  She has been working in a number of communities conducting demographic surveys for upcoming malnutrition programs, is currently working to monitor our diabetic patients, as well as training to eventually teach our diabetes/heart health classes.   She is bilingual and will be able to provide our women’s classes in both Spanish and Kaqchikel.  We are very excited to begin out second round of women’s classes and expect to continue improving this program each session.