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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Child Nutrition – After the First 1000 Days

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I’m certain that all readers on the site (Global Health Hub) have heard of the Thousand Days concept. This is the notion that children are especially vulnerable to the effects of malnutrition and illness from conception up until they reach two years of age and that interventions targeted…

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The Importance of Confianza in Guatemalan Health Care

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Photo by Rob Tinworth. In a paper published this month in the journal Social Science and Medicine, the medical anthropologist Nicole Berry examines the role of short-term medical missions in rural Guatemala. One North American aid worker interviewed says this:  I had helped to advise a primary health care clinic that had a…

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Guatemala Patients Dying in Racist Practice?

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Our organization and our medical director, Dr. Peter Rohloff, are featured in an article by Fern Remedi-Brown in the Guardian Liberty Voice. Guatemala’s health system is complex and fraught with inequity, and recent evidence shows that indigenous patients are dying unnecessarily – even being turned away as part of a…

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The Role of Mayan Languages in Cancer Care and Research in Guatemala

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A Maya patient at a national hospital in Guatemala. Photo courtesy of Rob Tinworth. One day in January, I helped a Guatemalan staff physician see patients at a Wuqu’ Kawoq clinical site in Guatemala. Wuqu’ Kawoq is a non-governmental organization that provides health care and development services for rural Maya communities in Guatemala. A young indigenous…

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