The value of time on the ground

Devyn, a nursing/midwifery student and part of MHA's collaboration with Vanderbilt University, reflects on the value of their recent trip to Guatemala.

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Success from a scary situation

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In Guatemala, mothers have a 7 to 10 times higher risk of death due to pregnancy-related conditions. In the rural indigenous communities in which we work, women usually receive prenatal and delivery care from a traditional birth attendant (TBA), or midwife. Birth attendants are usually the only healthcare…

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Overcoming Barriers, Starting at Home

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My stethoscope, a blood pressure cuff, my computer.  I placed all of these items in my bag, as Sandy grabbed her glucometer and placed it in hers.  Wicha looked at us expectantly, waiting for us to signal that we were ready to see the 8 diabetic patients we…

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Beauty with a Price

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As I sit on the top of the world (or the top of Central America at least), I understand why George Lovell explains Guatemala as “A Beauty that Hurts.” I have never been in a place this incredible, this stunning. Sitting on the peak of the highest point…

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Going to Yoli.

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  Katia Cnop is currently MHA | WK ‘ s Complex Care Coordinator. She has worked in Guatemala since early 2014 and will attend medical school starting in August 2016. She likes rock climbing, and in the future she hopes to work with underserved communities in the United States. For…

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Gratitude – Vera from the Camioneta

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Vera Goldberg recently completed her 3rd year at Harvard Medical School, and is taking a year away from Boston to work for Maya Health Alliance | Wuqu’ Kawoq. She enjoys salsa dancing and learning new languages – she is currently studying Kaqchikel. A career as a pediatrician is…

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It Takes a Village.

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“In the cornfield, if you put the fertilizer on too late, the corn becomes yellowed and withered. But if you do this on time, the corn will grow green and large. That is what we want for your child.” –German, our Nutrition Manager The metaphor is far more eloquent in…

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Dedication Meets Resilience

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Katia Cnop is the Complex Care Coordinator for Maya Health Alliance | Wuqu’ Kawoq. She joined us at our Tecpán location in April 2015, after working for a small medical NGO based around Lake Atitlan. She graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2013, and drinks black…

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Kate goes to Mexico

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  The scenery passing before me on the bus ride is familiar: the same rolling hills and majestic mountains I am so accustomed to seeing in Guatemala. What makes this experience surreal is that I am now in another country: in Mexico. Why? To renew my visa. That means that…

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Peter from the Plane : Entry #3

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Our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Peter Rohloff, has a strict schedule that usually includes splitting his time almost evenly between Guatemala and Boston, two weeks a month in each. As if he was not busy enough, this month he shook things up & flew to China to meet with…

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