Wuqu' Kawoq - Maya Health Alliance
Rating: 4.99 stars 85 85 reviews 5,467
PO Box 91 Bethel VT 05032 USA
The NGO Wuqu' Kawoq is committed to facilitating excellence and linguistic competence in medical care delivery in the indigenous highlands of Guatemala. There are currently few medical programs in Guatemala that provide care or educational in indigenous Mayan languages. We believe that the provision of first language services is the first step toward excellent care. We cultivate partnerships and fund targeted projects at the intersection of indigenous language rights, literacy, and the provision of medical care. Such projects include: primary care systems development, support for indigenous community health workers, dissemination of written medical resources in indigenous Mayan languages, and literacy and continuing-education training for community health practioners.
We have especially developed expertise in the areas of child malnutrition treatment and prevention, maternal-child health programs, diabetes and chronic disease management,
Kaqchikel and K'ichee' speaking indigenous communities in Guatemala.
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Geographic areas served:
Child Nutrition Clean Water Diabetes Language Revitalization Rural Health Services Women's Health Prenatal Care Publishing
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I am a repeat donor to Wuqu' Kawoq, and I could not be happier with the organization. Over the past few years I have seen first-hand how effective their programs are. Unlike some other Guatemalan NGOs, Wuqu' Kawoq is widely respected in the communities they serve, and for good reason: they offer high quality medical services in a linguistically and culturally responsible way.
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A lot of great work by this group on the ground in Guatemala. They are dedicated to providing healthcare in the native language of many indigenous peoples in the mountains and rural areas of the country. I went with a group of physicians and students from Cincinnati, and we had great support from the administrative staff and wonderful interpreters. Great people working to fight the lack of adequate healthcare for indigenous peoples in Guatemala.
Family Medicine Physician from Cincinnati
In a developing world inundated with well-meaning development efforts, it's wonderful to come across a model that is well-informed, adaptive, responsive to feedback and outcomes measurements, culturally humble, and committed to excellence in building capacity, improving health, and promoting last change. I have extensive experience in global health around the world, including long-term work, and am thankful for the model and work of Wuqu' Kawoq.
This past winter I observed at Wuqu' Kawoq for college credit. I was blown away by the organization's commitment to their mission. They serve an unbelievable amount of patients with a wide range of effective, quality care. They treat patients as unique individuals, and so their treatments, too, are uniquely individualized. The large majority of the staff at Wuqu' Kawoq is Guatemalan and they continue to hire more locals to help in their mission. Everyone either speaks Kaqchikel or is taking classes, which is one way they promote the revitalization of indigenous culture. Their dedication to transparency is unmatched by any NGO I have experienced. If there were any one NGO that could create true, long-lasting social change, this is it!
It has been a pleasure to work with Wuku' Kawoq through my university. The organization is incredibly well-run, and it is obvious that the staff are deeply invested in and committed to the success of the mission. I saw firsthand some of the work they are doing in rural communities, and patients and families were so grateful, sometimes to the point of tears, for the care they were receiving.
As someone that has acquired experience with nonprofits in the US and abroad, I have been impressed with Wuku' Kawoq. They have been able to successfully negotiate many barriers to health care and operations in Guatemala and provide exceptional service to their clients. The staff knows and reflects those they serve and they are organizationally sound, avoiding the chaotic operations that plague many similar nonprofits. From top to bottom, their staff is dedicated and the families they serve really do benefit and appreciate their service. I hope to continue to work with WK in the future and do what I can to further their efforts.
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Wuqu' Kawoq is an organization truly focused on improving the lives of the patients it serves and the communities it operates within. As a board member, I can say from personal experience, that members of the organization consistently think long and hard about how to utilize time and resources to make the most important impacts.
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Wuqu' Kawoq is an authentic, dedicated and ethical organization. They are a passionate and driven group people whose roles range from physicians, nurses, and nutritionists to anthropologists, teachers and community health workers who are all working together towards a common goal. I had the privilege of spending nearly two weeks in Tecpan, Guatemala, working closely with Wuqu' Kawoq as a member of their first large group of medical professionals. Immediately upon arrival, I knew that this was the organization we had been looking for in a partner. It was clear that this organization was different from others I had worked with in the past, in so many ways.
The leadership was clear from the start about their values and intentions: first, to provide high quality health care to those who need it most. Second, to provide care that is culturally relevant and provided in each patient's own native language. Finally, to create sustainable change that meets the needs of the whole person and whole community. These values were upheld throughout our entire trip. Throughout our stay we went out to each day to different communities in which Wuqu' Kawoq is already trusted and well respected. The fact that patients we had never met were willing to open to us and share very personal information spoke to the trust that is already established in these communities. We went with community health workers who live and thrive in the very communities in which they serve- which reinforced the importance of autonomy and independence that are so often lacking in the field of global health. We were not pressured to focus on the numbers and see as many patients as possible, but rather to provide the highest quality of care possible. Each patient was provided care in their preferred language, as we worked alongside some very passionate and dedicated interpreters. Not only did we feel that we were providing care for the short term, we truly felt these patients would be well-cared for in the long-term. Wuqu' Kawoq has a system in place for follow-up care, specialty referrals, and well-rounded health education and nutrition programs- and I cannot stress enough how significant this is.
I was truly blown away by the quality of our experience and by how well cared for we were during our stay. We were kept safe, and our hosts worked extremely hard to work alongside us for long hours each day to provide our patients with excellent care. They taught me so much about Guatemalan culture, and about the provision of ethical, culturally relative health care in an under-resourced setting. I hope that we can maintain a strong relationship and partnership with Wuqu' Kawoq for years to come!
1 person found this review helpful
My students and I recently were involved on a trip with this organization. They could not have been more open and sincere about their mission to help indigenous people gain access to quality healthcare. The community health workers affiliated with Wuqu Kawoq were amazing in their compassion and eagerness to learn. Everyone we encountered could not have been more helpful in the information, education and insight they provided.
I've been on similar trips for the past 13 years with different NGOs in various countries. This is one of my best experiences in terms of mission, organization and safety. It is the overall best in the desire to provide quality continuity of care to those who are often hesitant to seek healthcare due to difficult but understandable reasons. This was striking to me in contrast to some groups who focus on quantity of people seen over either quality or continuity.
Anne's expertise in evaluating NGOs in the past is a huge asset, as is her passion and dedication. It was a pleasure.
I had the opportunity to work with Wuqu' Kawoq through my university. I traveled to their different village clinic sites and worked with their Community Healthcare Workers to provide medical/pharmacy care. They are caring, informative, and genuinely invested in the well-being of the Indigenous Mayan people. They have a solid, sustainable plan that focuses on building trust and bringing quality healthcare to people who would not receive care otherwise. It was a privilege to work with them. I hope I have the opportunity to go back and work with them again.