Rural Health Research

Our team at Maya Health Alliance includes an active research group, the Center for Research in Indigenous Health (Centro de Investigación en La Salud Indígena), which studies how best to design and deliver healthcare services in rural, indigenous communities in Guatemala.

Read about our research

Learn more about how Maya Health’s innovative approaches and research benefit global health:

Working in Mayan Languages

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Around the world, speakers of indigenous languages have worse health outcomes. However, they are often excluded from research opportunities, because working in indigenous languages can be challenging. We are leaders in Guatemala in conducting healthcare and health research in local Mayan languages.

Read our opinion piece on the ethical imperative of working in indigenous languages in Lancet Global Health here.

Tools and Resources Language Field School

Maya Health Board President Brent Henderson on the power of providing healthcare in Mayan Languages:

In The News

Forbes

Meeting The Challenges Of Sharing Covid-19 Information In Rural Guatemala

Maya Health Alliance | Wuqu’ Kawoq and partners work to deliver accessible information about the coronavirus across communities in rural Guatemala.

June 1, 2020

Nomad

“We only ask for protective equipment.”

Maya Health Alliance | Wuqu’ Kawoq supplies personal protective equipment to return health care workers from the University of San Carlos to their rural posts. 

May 7, 2020

Guatemala.com

Selected projects in the Open Innovation Challenge COVID-19

Awardees of the Open Innovation Challenge include the Connected GuateVida telemedicine project.

April 22, 2020

Office of the Vice President

Award for Selected Projects in the Open Innovation Challenge COVID-19

Maya Health Alliance|Wuqu’ Kawoq receives award for Connected GuateVida telemedicine project.

April 16, 2020

República 

Winning Projects in the Challenge to Combat Covid

The Connected GuateVida telemedicine project was one of seven selected from more than 240 submitted for the government’s challenge for projects addressing COVID-19.

April 16, 2020

El Periódico

Wuqu’ Kawoq Tecnologia para evitar muertes maternas

Maya Health Alliance|Wuqu’ Kawoq has developed a cell phone app that helps midwives save mothers’ and babies’ lives.

January 12, 2020

New York Times

Forget the Scarf. These Gifts Change Lives.

Maya Health Alliance|Wuqu’ Kawoq’s efforts targeting cervical cancer are featured in New York Times columnist  Nicholas Kristof’s alternative holiday gift guide.

November 30, 2019

Guate

Chefs versus Chefs, a culinary competition for a good cause

Maya Health Alliance | Wuqu’ Kawoq nutrition programs are the focus of Sabores Unidos, an annual fundraising dinner organized by AmCham and United Way Guatemala.

October 17, 2019

Prensa Libre

Fighting malnutrition must be a priority

Maya Health Alliance | Wuqu’ Kawoq participates in the Conéctate Guate, a consortium that seeks to map existing initiatives to reduce chronic malnutrition rates in Guatemala and identify gaps and opportunities for collaboration.

October 6, 2019

Perspectiva

United Way Guatemala promotes the strengthening of Public Policy for the Integral Development of Early Childhood

Dr. Peter Rohloff of Maya Health Alliance | Wuqu’ Kawoq speaks to the effects of chronic malnutrition at a conversation with the candidates for the Vice Presidency presented by United Way.
July 26, 2019

El Periódico

Vicepresidenciables prometen mantener programas de asistencia social para reducir la desnutrición infantil

Maya Health Alliance participates in political forum on the future of Guatemala’s early childhood programs
July 20, 2019

prensalibre

Seis de cada 10 muertes maternas que se registran son de mujeres indígenas

Maya Health Alliance participates in efforts to reduce maternal mortality
July 8, 2019

NYT

The World’s Malnourished Kids Don’t Need a $295 Burger

Maya Health Alliance’s work on child malnutrition
June 12, 2019

NYT

We Have the Resources to Prevent Cervical Cancer. Do We Have the Will?

Maya Health Alliance’s work to solve the problem of cervical cancer
June 10, 2019

Elperiodico

Se reduce brecha de mortalidad materna en Chimaltenango

Maya Health Alliance works with midwives to save lives
May 20, 2019

aljazeera

When will the chronic malnutrition of Guatemala’s children end?

Maya Health Alliance’s innovative programs to end child malnutrition
September 11, 2018

prensalibre

App salva vidas: La tecnología llega en auxilio de las comadronas

Maya Health Alliance collaborating with midwives to save the lives of women with smartphone technology
August 26, 2018

univision

In the most isolated areas of Latin America microcredits are saving the lives of indigenous women.

Maya Health Alliance collaborating with the microfinance organization Friendship Bridge to provide healthcare to women
March 26, 2018

msnbc

App saves lives of Maya women in Guatemala

Maya Health Alliance working to save the lives of women with smartphone technology
September 5, 2017

npr

What’s Luck Got To Do With Health Care? A Heck Of A Lot

“Good systems can create and then take advantage of lucky circumstances… This is everywhere. That’s why we talk about global health.”
October 3, 2015

abcnews

Severe Stunting: Twelve Years Old Going on Five

“If you want to break the cycle of poverty in Guatemala this is how you do it: Feed kids and feed them early before they get malnourished.”
December 14, 2010

cnnmexico

El nuevo idioma de Facebook

Lolmay Pedro Garcia of the Kaqchikel Linguistic Community talks about how you can use the social network Facebook in Kaqchikel.
August 8, 2012

foxnews

Kakchiquel Speakers “Like” New Facebook Application

The ability to use Facebook in Kakchiquel “helps preserve our language and identity”
August 9, 2012

prensalibre

ONG evalúan avances y promueven alianzas

“If we NGOs can work in partnership, our efforts and money will be better distributed, and the populations we serve will get the services in health and education they urgently need.”
October 26, 2011