Archive For David Flood

Food Security Crisis in Guatemala Intensifies

|

Acute-on-Chronic Food Insecurity in Guatemala The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) released a report this week predicting a food security crisis in Central America in early 2015 due to a prolonged drought. FEWS NET was created by USAID in the 1980s and provides analysis and early warnings on issues pertaining…

Continue Reading

Height and herencia in rural Guatemala, part 2: Fetal and newborn growth

|

Blog originally posted at Global Health Hub! In a previous entry on this site, I argued that herencia (“inheritance”) cannot explain the extremely high rates of child stunting observed in rural Guatemala. Using archaeologic, epidemiologic, and anthropologic evidence, I concluded that Maya children in rural Guatemalan are short because of social pathologies, rather than their…

Continue Reading

The Importance of Confianza in Guatemalan Health Care

|

Photo by Rob Tinworth. In a paper published this month in the journal Social Science and Medicine, the medical anthropologist Nicole Berry examines the role of short-term medical missions in rural Guatemala. One North American aid worker interviewed says this:  I had helped to advise a primary health care clinic that had a…

Continue Reading

The Role of Mayan Languages in Cancer Care and Research in Guatemala

|

A Maya patient at a national hospital in Guatemala. Photo courtesy of Rob Tinworth. One day in January, I helped a Guatemalan staff physician see patients at a Wuqu’ Kawoq clinical site in Guatemala. Wuqu’ Kawoq is a non-governmental organization that provides health care and development services for rural Maya communities in Guatemala. A young indigenous…

Continue Reading

A Day In the Life…

|

…of Two Medical Students with Wuqu’ Kawoq – Maya Health Alliance David (4th year Harvard Medical student) and Nora (4th year Mayo Clinic Medical student) are spending a year in Guatemala work with us. Here is a day in their life… On Monday morning, Nora and I set…

Continue Reading