Guatemala

Mother and Child
We believe that this has been a beautiful experience since our request was listened to and attended to immediately. We were provided with 98% of what we had hoped for. ...We could not ask for more, the service has been of high quality. Thank you very much for the support.

Dr. Miriam Ninet Reyes,
Director of Health Center Playa Grande

We are extremely satisfied with the comments from many patients who tell us how grateful they are for the good care that we provide for them, and we say that it is thanks to God and to great organizations [like yours] that we have almost everything that we need.

Edwin Acevedo Ovalle,
Chief Financial Administrator,
Hospital Regional Zacapa, Guatemala

Population: 13 million, 11.7% survive on less than one dollar/day (2006 figure)
Life Expectancy: 69
Infant Mortality Rate: 29
Maternal Mortality Ratio: 110 [56-190]

Global Links sent its first container to Guatemala in 2007, at the request of the Pan American Health Organization. The Ministry of Health needed support and material aid to improve the country's health system, shattered during a bloody 36-year civil war.

Most assistance is needed in the rural areas, where the violence was particularly devastating to the population and the community. Health centers and hospitals were sometimes inaccessible and often poorly equipped. For this reason most of Global Links' efforts have focused on improving health services in hospitals, maternity clinics, and primary care centers outside of the capital city.

Additional donations of medical supplies and assistance were designed to address the consequences of disastrous flooding in the summer of 2010.

Guatemala has the highest fertility rate in the Western Hemisphere as well as some of the highest maternal and infant mortality rates. The Ministry of Health is making a concerted effort to bring those mortality rates down by encouraging institutionalized births. We are working with them to provide safe and culturally appropriate birthing conditions in rural health centers, in the departments of Alta Verapaz, Quiche, and Huehuetenango.

To donate in support of our work in Guatemala, click here.