Mothers all around the world want to know if their baby is eating properly, growing properly and digesting food properly. However, our Guatemalan Mayan moms walk with an infant on their back and possibly another in their arms for hours through rough terrain to get to our clinic. We could be the only medical care they get for the year. These mothers are uncertain their child will live another year, with good reason, as Guatemala infant mortality rates are some of the highest in the Western hemisphere. unicef.org
Rural Mayan children lack access to clean water, sanitation, electricity, basic medicine and adequate food. They also face a multitude of health hazards; malnutrition, dehydration, chronic stomach pain and diarrhea (due to intestinal parasites). Their homes are single rooms with dirt floors so skin rashes, infections, scabies and lice are common. Many children have breathing difficulties due to asthma or respiratory infections. Especially vulnerable are children with developmental disabilities and birth defects.
In our Peds clinic, we bring appropriate OTC and RX medication to care for our littlest ones. We educate the whole Mayan family on health and disease prevention. Together with our Guatemalan sister NGO, Fundenor, our staff works with community nurses and local leadership to follow up on medication support, treatment or referral. Ours is a preventative, community-based health care solution, founded on the adage that "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."
Our pediatric clinical team includes a Family Practice MD, a Ph,D. Neuropsychologist with a Fellowship in Third-World Medicine and several RN's with pediatric and OB/GYN experience. Each year we see and hear more hope for the health, well-being and living conditions for the children living in these faithful, hardworking and loving families. Join us in strengthening the commitment to these indigenous Mayan childrens' health!