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Wuqu' Kawoq - Maya Health Alliance

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Causes: Community Health Systems, Health, Human Services

Mission: Maya Health Alliance | Wuqu’ Kawoq is a registered non-governmental organization (NGO) in Guatemala and the U.S. since 2007, dedicated to providing comprehensive, high-quality healthcare to the rural indigenous Maya of Guatemala. Our model involves partnering with communities to identify their unique needs, providing integrated primary care and specialty care free of charge, and tailoring services to overcome the systemic barriers to health that our patients face. We stand out from the other NGOs in Guatemala because of our medical expertise, robust program evaluation and quality-improvement, and nuanced understanding of local culture, including care provided in the Maya languages that our patients speak.

Results: We have especially developed expertise in the areas of child malnutrition treatment and prevention, maternal-child health programs, diabetes and chronic disease management,

Target demographics: Kaqchikel and K'ichee' speaking indigenous communities in Guatemala.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 15,000

Geographic areas served: Guatemala

Programs: Child Nutrition Clean Water Diabetes Language Revitalization Rural Health Services Women's Health Prenatal Care Publishing

Community Stories

101 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Guatemala is saturated with NGOs. At times it is hard to know what impact and benefit these organizations have in the communities they serve. However, Wuqu' Kawoq is unique in the sense that it offers personalized care to patients in their preferred language. They ensure that patients are comfortable and understand. They also measure their impact, they have numbers to show how each of their programs are progressing. They work to break down the problems often associated with NGO work in order to be sustainable and beneficial to the communities of rural Guatemalans.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked as a volunteer with Maya Health for almost a year. The staff were welcoming and compassionate. They formed trusting relationships with patients.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It's such an honor to work for this organization. The teamwork is incredible and the impact that Maya Health is making in the lives of so many is outstanding.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wuqu' Kawoq goes above and beyond to ensure that patients receive the care they need and deserve. Specifically, Wuqu' staff members provide care that is culturally-relevant and in the language most preferred by patients. They make sure that they are constantly evaluating their impact through research and close communication with the communities that they work with.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I came to Wuqu Kawoq after studying International Development in college. During that time, I learned about the significant problems associated with foreign aid and international non-profit work, in particular poorly thought out projects and a lack of cultural competency. For these reasons, I have come to learn that the majority of international development organizations have very little positive impact on the communities they hope to serve. The Maya Health Alliance administrative team is well aware of the common problems associated with non-profits and have worked diligently to create a model that circumvents these shortcomings and creates a measurable impact with cultural sensitivity.

Stephen Alajajian

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I work for Wuqu' Kawoq | Maya Health Alliance, a home-based provider of medical services to rural Guatemalans, as a nutritionist. Wuqu' Kawoq programs and services are provided in local languages. The quality of care is some of the best in Guatemala. Wuqu' Kawoq staff are dedicated and committed to our mission of providing high quality health care to those who would otherwise face significant barriers to accessing it.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I work for Wuqu Kawoq on a research team and have had a phenomenal experience in my three months in Guatemala. My coworkers are extremely supportive and I have learned a lot about health and research outside of the United States.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wuqu Kawoq is a culturally aware NGO, with healthcare provided to indigenous Maya Guatemalans by indigenous Maya Guatemalans. Working for Wuqu Kawoq is a great experience because every member of the team is passionate, enthusiastic, and committed to providing quality, evidence-based care to the most marginalized populations in Guatemala. I feel extremely grateful for the opportunity to live and work amongst the doctors, nurses, scientists, anthropologists, nutritionists, and administers who dedicate their days to providing equitable, high quality healthcare in rural Guatemala.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I was fortunate to have been on the Vision Trip for the Mayan Health Alliance. We had time to spend with Anne and Peter, the inspiration and directors for this organization. We spent 4 days doing home site visits, meeting the patients and their families, the care providers and hearing the stories, seeing health assessments being given and education provided.

What is unique about this organization is that they have looked at each barrier and created specific ways to overcome them from creating medical words in the indigenous Mayan language to educating local illiterate women to provide advanced health assessments and communicate with advanced technical devices. The international research and quality improvement projects done in this organization are being shared both with other local health organizations and NGOs but also other international organizations spreading the knowledge gained.

The Mayan Health Alliance Vision Trip has replaced my skepticism and anxieties for the health of our world with hope and a belief that answers can and are being found.

Judy, Registered Nurse and Nurse Educator, Carbondale, Colorado

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the good fortune of volunteering with this organization for seven months from the fall of 2016 through the spring of 2017. As other reviewers have noted, Wuqu' Kawoq is unique among NGOs in its focus on providing healthcare services in patients’ native languages, commitment to strengthening Guatemalan public institutions and other non-profits engaged in similar work, ability to conduct research, and general transparency. What is less readily apparent and what I came to most appreciate about WK are the organization’s continual effort to improve itself as it grows and its investment in local staff. For example in my time at WK, weekly meetings to discuss new cases and research were instituted, and improvements to the electronic medical record were made. Staff members received training on topics ranging from blood pressure control to contraception, and three traveled internationally to present work. Wuqu’ Kawoq is remarkable in that it seeks to be an ever adapting model of excellence in its relationships with patients, communities, staff, and peer institutions alike.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Doing some amazing work with healthcare for indigenous people. Their work is much needed and well-organized.

Rosa8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The most enriching experience so far!. I have around 6 years of work experience for profit organizations and I have never seen employees that passionate as I saw in MYH. They simply enjoy what they do, no matter what sort of adversities of challenge they might face. They know that their work is changing the life of many indigenous people.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I personally know employees at Wuqu' Kowaq and have seen first hand seen their commitment to improving healthcare access to Maya communities in Guatemala. I had the pleasure of serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Panama with an employee of Wuqu' Kowaq and saw his drive and desire to help impoverished individuals not only in his community but throughout the country. Having an employee like my colleague from Panama speaks volumes of Wuqu' Kowaq. I know for a fact that he brings this same commitment to his work in Guatemala and will continue in the future. Role: Professional with expertise in this field

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wow. Where to start. I can say from my experience working at Wuqu' Kawoq and then speaking with other volunteers at NGOs around Guatemala that WK sets itself apart. Through the populations they are focusing on, their high standard of care, their collaboration and integration with communities, their commitment to their staff... todos! Their staff is 95% Guatemalan and well-trained, they commit to their patients for life, and they do not shy away from complex cases (diabetes, cancers, malnutrition, etc.). The work environment is organized and supportive. They focus on research as well and publish their findings so that others can benefit from their knowledge and expertise. Can't say enough good things about this organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer with Wuqu' Kawoq | Maya Health Alliance and I could not speak more highly of this organization. I have been able to see first hand, through working in the office and going out in the field with their doctors and community health workers, the amazing work they are doing to reach the most marginalized populations in Guatemala. Wuqu' Kawoq health workers always speak to patients in their native language, whether that is Spanish or one of the Mayan languages, and treat their patients with a great deal of compassion and respect. They travel hours into rural areas to provide patients with life saving medical care. I have seen children lifted out of malnutrition through Wuqu' Kawoq's intensive nutrition program, and diabetes patients spared a life with disability through the organization's provision of expensive medications at no cost to the patient. Additionally, Wuqu' Kawoq is continuously conducting research in women's health, nutrition, diabetes, and many other areas to improve their programs and further contribute to global health knowledge and program development.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have had the opportunity to see first-hand the incredible care that is provided by the professionals at Wuqu Kawoq to rural Mayan communities in Guatemala. From the experience first hand, I have now become a regular donor and enjoy following the phenomenal work that this organization is doing for the poorest of the poor in Guatemala.

Stephen63

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.