Gratitude – Vera from the Camioneta

Our medical intern, Vera Goldberg, reflects on what she is thankful for this holiday season.

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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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Q & A with the editors and authors of the new book: Privatization and the New Medical Pluralism

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Privatization and the New Medical Pluralism: Shifting Healthcare Landscapes in Maya Guatemala “The public health system, which has always been underfunded and inadequate, is evolving as it increasingly contracts out health services to nongovernmental organizations. The nongovernmental and private sectors are rapidly expanding. Private foundations and corporations are…

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Reproductive Care around the World

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  Hello! My name is Annie Carson and I am an undergraduate global health student at Arizona State University. This summer I received a grant through the Circumnavigators Club Foundation to travel to 6 countries to pursue my own thesis research, and during my travels I spent 2…

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Peter from the Plane : Entry #2

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Our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Peter Rohloff, spends two weeks per month in Guatemala and the rest of his days teaching at Harvard Medical School, working the night shift at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital, writing articles and reading books. Busy? We think not!…

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From Rhode Island to Tecpán

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Good afternoon! ¡Buenas tardes! Xqi q’aj k’a! In the first few weeks I have spent in Guatemala, I have already grown to love the country: the beauty of the mountains in every direction, the friendly and warm people, and the chance to learn about the rich multilingual and…

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Puente: Bridging the Gap

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“Puente” translates to “bridge” – a fitting name for Wuqu’ Kawoq’s newest partnership with Friendship Bridge. For the majority of rural, indigenous women, there are currently no opportunities to address their own health needs. This is why we joined with Puente de Amistad to create a program focusing…

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