Women’s Health 2013

Midwife training provided in Kaqchikel.

As the end of the year draws close, we’ve been making plans for our midwifery and women’s health programs for 2013. This is always an exciting time of the year, because it gives us a chance to reflect back on the accomplishments of the past year and plan for any upcoming new goals.

For example, we’ve been helping to provide education to lay indigenous midwives in Guatemala for over 5 years now. This model has been very successful and has attracted a lot of attention around the region. As a result, in 2013, we’ll be expanding the training to a third town, meaning that midwives will have more options in deciding which training event is closest to their home. We anticipate having around 120 different participating midwives this year. Collectively, these midwives represent 5 different municipalities and cover a population of over 150,000 with obstetrical services.

Another goal for the coming year is continued expansion of our sexual health training curriculum for women. We’ve learned over the years that most rural indigenous women have very little exposure to basic health education and have no forum in which they can comfortably and safely have their questions about sexual health and family planning addressed. We plan to provide educational sessions to 400 women in 2013. What’s more, each participant will have full access to our other health services, including free cervical cancer screening and access to family planning methods. Stay tuned to our blog or Facebook page for more details over the coming year!