Who We Are

Our Work

2018 Annual Report

Why we exist

whyweexistWe work in Guatemala’s most impoverished communities, solving their pressing health care needs. We overcome barriers to health–uniting medicine, culture, and language. Where others say “no,” we say “yes.”

Why Guatemala


Guatemala is home to some of the poorest communities in the Western hemisphere. Guatemalan children suffer the highest rate of chronic malnutrition in the entire world. A woman in Guatemala is ten times more likely than a woman in the United States to die during childbirth.

This is not a new problem. The arrival of the Spanish 500 years ago marked the start of a difficult history for the Maya. Their lands and their freedom were taken. In the 1980s, hundreds of thousands of lost their lives in a civil war.

whyweexist2Yet they have endured. 

Today, there are millions of Maya people living in Guatemala. More than half of all Guatemalans speak a Mayan language.

But the health care system in Guatemala does not serve them. Many would prefer to die at home than to be treated in a hospital where no one speaks their language or respects their dignity.

We work in Guatemala because the Maya people and Mayan culture are still alive.

We want to keep it that way.

About our name

We are Wuqu’ Kawoq | Maya Health Alliance.

We were founded on January 1, 2007, which was the day “Wuqu’ Kawoq” in the traditional Mayan calendar. This name is important to our work because it symbolizes health care and reflects our commitment to rural Mayan communities. Outside of Guatemala, we also use the name “Maya Health Alliance.”

Our Team

We are a diverse team of physicians, nurses, anthropologists, linguists, teachers, nutritionists, engineers, public health practitioners, lawyers, designers, accountants, entrepreneurs, and community health workers. We are united by our devotion to Guatemala.