Maternal & Child Health | Guatemala

Guatemalan mothers and children face some of the worst health challenges in the world. In remote, isolated regions, the majority of women still give birth at home with little or no access to hospitals or other clinical health services. Additionally, Guatemala reports the highest infant mortality rates in Latin America. Nearly 80% of deaths of children under five years of age are recorded among the poorest 20% of the population where malnutrition and preventable, life-threatening disease are still commonplace.

Guatemala City, Guatemala

SCF funded a multi-year maternal health program of vulnerable and indigent pregnant mothers in Guatemala City.

In 2000, PCI established the Casa Maternal (Mother’s House), an integrated reproductive and maternal and child health program that provides outreach, and education services, out-patient clinical services, a pediatric clinic and an inpatient facility for women with high-risk pregnancies. Women and their families can access family planning services, child nutrition classes, and trainings on proper hygiene and sanitation practices. Each year, PCI trains hundreds of community health workers, including traditional birth attendants, to identify women with high-risk pregnancies and refer them to the Casa Materna for care, monitoring and safe delivery.

In fiscal year 2010, 78 low birth weight babies transitioned to the Casa Materna with their mothers until they gained weight, and their parents received training on special care for the babies. 1,680 pediatric consultations were also completed during community-based health fairs.-PCI


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