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


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


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


Covid-19 is history’s biggest translation challenge

Wuqu’ Kawoq is looping in translators on telemedicine phone calls with doctors and producing Covid podcasts in Mayan languages to air on local radio.
May 31, 2020


“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


Protecting health care providers

Our large donation of PPE helped put 320 medical students back in the field in rural communities in government health centers.
April 30, 2020


Innovation in the time of crisis

An interview with Executive Director Anne Kraemer Diaz about Conectados GuateVida. (Interview starts at minute 59.)
April 28, 2020


Selected projects in the Open Innovation Challenge COVID-19

Awardees of the Open Innovation Challenge include the Connected GuateVida telemedicine project.
April 22, 2020


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


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 Períodico

Wuku’ Kawoq technology to avoid maternal deaths

Maya Health Alliance|Wuqu’ Kawoq has developed a cell phone app that helps midwives save mothers’ and babies’ lives.
January 12, 2020


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


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


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


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 Períodico

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


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


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

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


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


Se reduce brecha de mortalidad materna en Chimaltenango

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


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

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


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


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


App saves lives of Maya women in Guatemala

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


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


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


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


Kakchiquel Speakers “Like” New Facebook Application

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


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