Exciting new publication on child malnutrition

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Can community health workers deliver complex nutrition education, individualized for each family, and have significant positive results on growth and diet?  Our new publication on child malnutrition and community health care workers shows that they can!  Plus, we managed to grab a quick word with Dr. Boris Martinez,…

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Guatemalan Women

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Guatemalan women are strong. This is clear in her hands which rub the dirt out of clothes on the pila stone, clap balls of corn masa into perfect tortillas, and swiftly crack a chicken’s ribcage to prepare the caldo de gallina. Her strength is much deeper than her…

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Is there a life equation?

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  After my first year of medical school, I decided to spend my summer break volunteering with Wuqu’ Kawoq | Maya Health Alliance and learning Kaqchikel, one of the Mayan languages still spoken today in the Guatemalan Highlands. In medical school, I have classes like Biochemistry, Anatomy and…

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En el rincón más lejos

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A woman glances up from where she has been sleeping, on a blanket on the ground. Her voice is distant as she tells us that, yes, her son was born two nights before, stillborn, already in the ground. A mother’s deft hands untie the assortment of cloths that…

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Obstetric Care Navigation: A New Model for LMICs

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“Son muy enojados.” They’re very angry. It’s a phrase I’ve heard time and time again interviewing indigenous Guatemalan women about their experiences of maternal health care in government clinics and hospitals. It’s meant different things to different women. For Leticia, whose first language is Kaqchikel Mayan, “they’re very…

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Why Guatemala?

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When I was preparing to move to Guatemala six months ago to intern with Maya Health Alliance l Wuqu’ Kawoq (MHA l WK), “Why Guatemala?” was often a question posed to me by my friends and family. It was a question I found difficult to answer, since I…

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The teachers of Wuqu’ Kawoq

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Kate opens up about the biggest lesson she learned being here with us.   Leaving isn’t easy. It is saying “see you later” (not goodbye, because Guatemala and WK have captured my heart and I can’t leave forever) to all the friends I have made in work and…

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What they don’t teach you in Spanish class

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Priya Larson returns to our blog with more of what she’s discovered while in Guatemala!   Things Guatemalans say and wear (that weren´t in Spanish class): “Fíjese que…”  –  They use this a lot. It sort of means ¨note that,¨ and you can conjugate it in all forms (Fíjate, fíjense). “No tenga pena”…

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Why language matters

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Dr. Boris Martinez shares his thoughts and experiences:   I started as a full-time physician and research coordinator for WK almost one year ago, and a lot of things have changed since then… Within this year I have built strong and meaningful relationships with people in the several Mayan…

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First feel in life in the field

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Priya Larson stars in our blog this week: For my first week at Wuqu Kawoq, I took some time to get oriented, then planned a sampling of field visits with their team. I saw complex care coordination, diabetes clinic, and nutrition monitoring project in action. This allowed me to…

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