From the Field: “I’d rather die at home, than go to the hospital.”

Indigenous Guatemalans routinely face extreme discrimination in the public health care system. One of our doctors shares her experience with a patient, who unfortunately made the not-so-uncommon choice to refuse hospitalization.

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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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Peter from the Plane

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Our Chief Medical Office, 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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Importance of Community Participation

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A research study conducted by a staff member of Wuqu’ Kawoq, Anne Kraemer Diaz, was recently published regarding scientific integrity in community-based participatory research. In essence, active community participation is vital for promoting and maintaining scientific integrity, which in turn allows vulnerable populations to have a voice in…

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Staff Spotlight: Meet Yoli!

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Name Yoli Hometown Tecpán Background I was born in Tecpán as the youngest of 14 children. I have 7 brothers and 6 sisters. There is a 31 year age gap between me and the oldest sibling. By the time I was born, most of my siblings were already married…

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