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Think Global Health features our work in maternal-infant health in partnership with safe+natal in an article examining the transformative impact of merging modern medical tools with traditional Indigenous midwifery in rural Guatemala.

March 2024

Children who speak Indigenous and minority languages may be less likely to get the care they need to thrive, according to a recent study that included several contributors from Wuqu’ Kawoq.

February 2024

Dr. Gabriela Montenegro, a researcher at the Indigenous Research Center of Wuqu’ Kawoq, and Susana Tambriz, Manager of the Women’s Health Program, were selected as Heroines in Volume 3 of the SENACYT scientific review. Download the latest version of the review to read their inspiring stories!

February 2024

An interview with Wuqu’ Kawoq co-founder Dr. Peter Rohloff and Dr. Anita Chary, a PhD candidate at Washington University, two of the co-authors of the book Privatization and the New Medical Pluralism: Shifting Healthcare Landscapes in Maya Guatemala.

January 2024

Mobile Maternal & Infant Health Program partners safe+natal discuss the importance of engaging end users such as Maya midwives in the design of health tools. 

January 2024

Lwala Community Alliance is recognized for its pioneering, community-led health model in rural Kenya. Babies and Mothers Alive Foundation and Maya Health Alliance | Wuqu’ Kawoq also receive grant funding for their work to support maternal and infant health.

October 2023

Dr. Peter Rohloff is the co-founder and Chief Medical Officer for Maya Health Alliance, a primary care organization working with indigenous Maya communities in rural Guatemala. He never intended to move to Guatemala, but when he went to visit on vacation and learn Spanish he found his calling.

October 2023

Wuqu’ Kawoq | Maya Health Alliance and partners safe+natal received a $1.8 million AI for the Global Goals Grant from Google’s philanthropic arm,, to help save mothers’ & babies’ lives by equipping midwives in rural Guatemala with an AI-powered application to detect problems earlier in pregnancy.

September 2023

Wuqu’ Kawoq | Maya Health Alliance and partners safe+natal are among fifteen projects, including eight digital health initiatives, that received $3 million in cash, Google Cloud credits and technical assistance.

September 2023

Google is funding 15 AI-powered projects, together with digital health tasks, including an initiative in the Wuqu’ Kawoq | Maya Health Alliance Mobile Maternal & Infant Health Program to use AI to detect problems in pregnancy.

September 2023

Wuqu’ Kawoq | Maya Health Alliance is among five finalists announced for $10 million award to provide women with safe access to maternal healthcare! We were selected as a finalist for our Mobile Maternal Health Program, which saves mothers’ lives by helping midwives detect problems in pregnancy early and providing Maya care navigators to accompany mothers who need hospital care. 

May 2023  

Colby College News features assistant professor of Spanish Tiffany Creegan Miller, who reflects on her work with Kaqchikel speakers and Wuqu’ Kawoq and the intersections of language and global health

 May 2023  

Guatemalan scientist Gabriela Montenegro won the 2023 OWSD-Elsevier Foundation World Award for her contributions to life sciences and nutrition.

The world’s seven leading scientists are fighting to combat food insecurity, from disease resistance in crops to improving child nutrition and using indigenous plants to increase productivity.

March 2023

SciDevNet features an interview with Maya Health Research Fellow Dr. Gabriela Montenegro, one of seven women scientists to win the 2023 Awards for Early Career Women Scientists in the Developing World by UNESCO’s Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) and the Elsevier Foundation. 

 March 2023  

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation Fellow Gabriela Montenegro-Bethancourt, MSc, PhD, has received a 2023 OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Award for Early-Career Women Scientists in the Developing World for her contribution to help meet the challenges of food security and advancing the U.N. Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2, Zero Hunger. 

 February 2023  

Maya Health Research Fellow Dr. Gabriela Montenegro was among those honored for contributions to research that is helping to meet the challenge of food security and advancing the UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2, Zero Hunger.

  February 2023  

We are honored to be featured in Population Connection’s Global Partners series highlighting grassroots organizations increasing access to education, public health, and family planning services.

February 2023

Rachel Hall-Clifford, a medical anthropologist and global health practitioner at Emory University, writes about collaborating with local midwives and Wuqu’ Kawoq | Maya Health Alliance to design a toolkit to support safer births in rural Guatemala.

November 2022

Wuqu’ Kawoq | Maya Health Alliance is a finalist in two categories of the .ORG Impact Awards recognizing “champions for change” – Health & Healing and Hunger & Poverty.  

September 2022

Experts from the international Scaling Up Nutrition movement, including Wuqu’ Kawoq’s Gabriela Montenegro, provided an update on the malnutrition problem, which now affects two out of every three children in Guatemala, and underscored the urgent need to undertake a coordinated response. (In Spanish)

July 2022

Albion College profiles Dr. Meghan Farley Webb, assistant professor of anthropology, and her work with Maya Health | Wuqu’ Kawoq understanding and reducing kidney disease that affects relatively young, fit Kaqchikel Maya agricultural workers.  

July 2022

Digital Medic provides an overview of their work with teams at UCSF and Wuqu’ Kawoq to understand the factors contributing to vaccine hesitancy among indigenous Guatemalans. The study included creating and disseminating culturally and linguistically appropriate educational video content via social media.

July 2022

In this blog post, F5 CTO Geng Lin announces the 25 nonprofits awarded the 2022 F5 Tech for Good grant—including us! “At its highest purpose, technology is a force for social good,” he writes. “Yet ultimately, the true hero isn’t the technology itself, but the people who put it to work for their communities.”

June 2022

Qrius profiles Dr Faezeh Marzbanrad, a recipient of the Women Leading Tech Award 2022, and her innovative work deploying tech in remote communities, including a collaboration with Emory University, Georgia Tech, and Wuqu’ Kawoq. She is testing an ultrasound device with AI capabilities to monitor and transmit fetal heart rates and development for remote assessment. 

June 2022

In this discussion, Maya Health and our partners at UCSF and Stanford share our work developing social media messaging to help provide information and dispel myths about Covid vaccine.s 

March 2022

In this podcast interview with The Edge of Adventure with Adam Asher, our Executive Director and co-founder Anne Kraemer offers her thoughts on how and why Wuqu’ Kawoq | Maya Health Alliance came into being, where we’re headed, and what brings her joy!

February 2022

The World Diabetes Foundation features diabetes educator Damaris Cabrera’s work teaching people with diabetes in rural Guatemala that they can lead a normal life.

February 2022

Brigham Clinical & Research News features the work of Peter Rohloff, our Chief Medical Officer and an internist and researcher at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

January 2022

NIH-funded researchers have developed and tested a mobile health solution to reduce maternal and infant mortality in partnership with Wuqu’ Kawoq|Maya Health Alliance.

August 30, 2021

Medical Director Waleska López Canu and Executive Director Anne Kraemer explore what it means to be community-led and how to make it true day to day.

August 25, 2021

This National Geographic piece examines growing hunger in Guatemala in the midst of the pandemic and climate crisis.

July 26, 2021

Our work breaking down barriers to family planning for indigenous women in rural Guatemala is one of the 15 winning submissions in a WHO contest highlighting stories about implementing and scaling up high impact practices.

April 20, 2021

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Guatemala is a place of contrasts, with high rates of both malnutrition and obesity. This article features our research on adolescents, obesity, and diet. (In Spanish)

March 8, 2021


Nutrition program manager Karyn Choy and ED Anne Kraemer share our multi-pronged approach for working with families long-term to help curb child malnutrition and its lifelong consequences in this BBC Radio Interview. This piece, focused on the UN Sustainable Development Goal 2: Zero Hunger, is part of Project 17, an ongoing BBC series on achieving the 17 SDGs told through the perspective of 17-year-olds.  

January 2021

Rotary clubs and Maya Health Alliance partner to reduce child malnutrition in rural Guatemala, adding home gardents to the multi-pronged approach to ensuring that young children have access to a healthy, diverse selection of foods.

En Español: La buena nutrición y el cuidado de la salud antes del segundo cumpleaños de un niño son vitales para su futuro.

November  2020 

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

June 1,  2020

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

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


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

April 30, 2020

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

April 28, 2020

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

April 22, 2020

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

April 16, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

July 20, 2019

Maya Health Alliance participates in efforts to reduce maternal mortality

July 8, 2019

Opinion piece featuring the work of Maya Health and other organizations to prevent cervical cancer.

June 10, 2019

Maya Health Alliance’s innovative program to end child malnutrition are featured in this video report from Al Jazeera.

September 11, 2018

MSNBC features our maternal health program, which equips indigenous midwives with training and smartphone apps to detect and treat problems before and during childbirth. 

September 4, 2017