Why I Volunteer with Maya Health: Forging Bonds

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Initially, I wanted to volunteer with Wuqu’ Kawoq – Maya Health Alliance because I desired more experience working in global health before I started a residency program, and I had heard great things about Wuqu’ Kawoq at my medical school. Before collaborating with Wuqu’ Kawoq, I’d been working on…

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Food Security Crisis in Guatemala Intensifies

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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…

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

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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…

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