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Primeros Pasos Helps Families by Empowering Women

Posted by on Jun 7, 2013 in Women's Health Education | Comments Off

In Guatemala and much of Latin America, women are primary caregivers, tasked with feeding and caring for their families and looking out for their health. In 2011, the World Economic Forum ranked Guatemala 112 out of 135 countries in terms of gender equality. Women often struggle to obtain levels of education comparable to that of their male counterparts, and as a result their families suffer. To directly combat this pressing issue, Primeros Pasos founded the women’s health education project, Stairway to Good Health, in 2007. The goal of...

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Primeros Pasos Takes Mission On the Road with Mobile Clinics

Posted by on May 28, 2013 in Mobile Clinics | Comments Off

The Primeros Pasos clinic is the sole source of health care for many Guatemalans in the Palajunoj Valley. Still, there are many communities in the valley that are so remote that traveling to the clinic is nearly impossible. To reach these communities, Primeros Pasos operates mobile clinics throughout the region at least four times a year. Last week the staff conducted one such clinic at the Bella Vista primary school, located about a 45-minute drive from the Xela city center. The mobile staff, consisting of three Guatemalan medical students...

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Honor the Mother in Your Life by Helping a Mother in Need

Posted by on May 7, 2013 in Blog | Comments Off

Primeros Pasos helps mothers every day. Our mission is to improve the quality of life of the rural communities in Guatemala through integrated health education programs and access to medical services. Through the years Primeros Pasos has identified the most significant disparities among women and children and we have focused our programs to target these vulnerable populations. Each year we give mothers the tools to become active participants in their self-care, and as the primary caretakers, the care of their families.   With your gift...

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Help Primeros Pasos End Malnutrition

Posted by on Apr 18, 2013 in Nutrition | Comments Off

In 2012 we started our Nutritional Recuperation Program that helped 26 malnourished children recuperate their normal height and weight. We also taught their families about important health topics, ensuring that the children would continue to grow and live a healthy life. This year we’ll expand the program by working in some of the most remote communities in the Palajunoj Valley with a group of 20 low income pregnant mothers and 30 chronically malnourished children under two years. However, to be able to continue our work we need your...

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Join IAHA’s Board of Directors

Posted by on Feb 28, 2013 in board of directors | Comments Off

Our partners in the states, The Inter-American Health Alliance, are looking for new board members. If you are interested, please see the note at the bottom on how to contact IAHA. And please spread the word to any friends, colleagues or family who might be interested! About IAHA: Founded in 2004, IAHA through a rights-based, inclusive approach to healthcare fosters cross-sector collaboration and provides financial and technical support to establish self-sustaining Guatemala-based community health projects serving neglected populations....

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TEACHING NUTRITION, A Volunteer’s Perspective

Posted by on Nov 21, 2012 in Nutrition | Comments Off

TEACHING NUTRITION, A Volunteer’s Perspective

I started volunteering with the Primeros Pasos and the Nutritional Recuperation Program in October.  The Nutritional Recuperation Program works with chronically malnourished children and their families in the Palajunoj Valley through medical treatment and health education.  At the beginning of working with the nutrition program, my artistic and crafting skills were put to the test when Cindy, the nutritionist, asked me to make fruit and vegetable crowns for the kids in the program.  Later that week, the clinic hosted a celebration for the...

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GOODBYE, BYRON!

Posted by on Nov 14, 2012 in Dental Program, Medical Program | Comments Off

GOODBYE, BYRON!

In October the Primeros Pasos team said goodbye to Byron Quixtán, our dental practicum student who worked in the clinic over the last eight months. The celebration was bittersweet because it marks Byron’s graduation as a certified dentist, his practicum here with Primeros Pasos was the final step in his odontology degree and certification process, but also means the loss of a hard-working and collaborative staff member here at the clinic. Byron worked hard in the eight months he spent here with Primeros Pasos, dedicating most of...

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STORIES FROM THE FIELD

Posted by on Oct 29, 2012 in Clinic Update, Healthy Schools, Nutrition, Scholarships, Volunteers, Women's Health Education | Comments Off

STORIES FROM THE FIELD

“Thank God that there is a clinic with free medicine that is close to the communities in the Valley. It is a great help to us here. There are many children in Candelaria that need to be seen by a doctor. When kids in my class are sick, I tell their mothers that they need to go to the the Primeros Pasos Clinic.” -Lucía, Teacher from Candelaria “‘Zanahoria! Manzana! Aguacate!’ Kids scream out a flurry of fruits and vegetables, practically falling out of their seats to raise their hands to volunteer for the activity...

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IMMENSE NEED FOR NUTRITION PROGRAM

Posted by on Aug 14, 2012 in Nutrition | Comments Off

IMMENSE NEED FOR NUTRITION PROGRAM

Many people don’t know that the overall rate of malnutrition in Guatemala is the highest in Central America and higher than many African countries. Primeros Pasos’ newest program, Nutritional Recuperation, started in January with the mission of supporting chronically malnourished children and their families through medical treatment and nutritional education, in turn improving children’s health and promoting healthy homes. The program is now in full swing and showing great progress. The nutrition team began the year by weighing...

read more

SUMMER UPDATE

Posted by on Jul 31, 2012 in Clinic Update, Medical Program, Mobile Clinics, Nutrition, Scholarships | Comments Off

SUMMER UPDATE

Primeros Pasos had a great first half of the year! We have expanded many of our medical services and added two new programs, Nutritional Recuperation and Scholarships for Continuing Education. So far we’ve seen over 4,000 patients in the clinic, including community members and students from the local schools, in addition to providing educational services to over a 100 participants in our programs. With the help of our new doctor, the clinic is now offering our patients new services, testing and materials. Patients can now be tested for...

read more

Primeros Pasos Helps Families by Empowering Women

Posted by on Jun 7, 2013 in Women's Health Education | Comments Off

In Guatemala and much of Latin America, women are primary caregivers, tasked with feeding and caring for their families and looking out for their health. In 2011, the World Economic Forum ranked Guatemala 112 out of 135 countries in terms of gender equality. Women often struggle to obtain levels of education comparable to that of their male counterparts, and as a result their families suffer. To directly combat this pressing issue, Primeros Pasos founded the women’s health education project, Stairway to Good Health, in 2007. The goal of...

read more

Primeros Pasos Takes Mission On the Road with Mobile Clinics

Posted by on May 28, 2013 in Mobile Clinics | Comments Off

The Primeros Pasos clinic is the sole source of health care for many Guatemalans in the Palajunoj Valley. Still, there are many communities in the valley that are so remote that traveling to the clinic is nearly impossible. To reach these communities, Primeros Pasos operates mobile clinics throughout the region at least four times a year. Last week the staff conducted one such clinic at the Bella Vista primary school, located about a 45-minute drive from the Xela city center. The mobile staff, consisting of three Guatemalan medical students...

read more

Honor the Mother in Your Life by Helping a Mother in Need

Posted by on May 7, 2013 in Blog | Comments Off

Primeros Pasos helps mothers every day. Our mission is to improve the quality of life of the rural communities in Guatemala through integrated health education programs and access to medical services. Through the years Primeros Pasos has identified the most significant disparities among women and children and we have focused our programs to target these vulnerable populations. Each year we give mothers the tools to become active participants in their self-care, and as the primary caretakers, the care of their families.   With your gift...

read more

Help Primeros Pasos End Malnutrition

Posted by on Apr 18, 2013 in Nutrition | Comments Off

In 2012 we started our Nutritional Recuperation Program that helped 26 malnourished children recuperate their normal height and weight. We also taught their families about important health topics, ensuring that the children would continue to grow and live a healthy life. This year we’ll expand the program by working in some of the most remote communities in the Palajunoj Valley with a group of 20 low income pregnant mothers and 30 chronically malnourished children under two years. However, to be able to continue our work we need your...

read more

Join IAHA’s Board of Directors

Posted by on Feb 28, 2013 in board of directors | Comments Off

Our partners in the states, The Inter-American Health Alliance, are looking for new board members. If you are interested, please see the note at the bottom on how to contact IAHA. And please spread the word to any friends, colleagues or family who might be interested! About IAHA: Founded in 2004, IAHA through a rights-based, inclusive approach to healthcare fosters cross-sector collaboration and provides financial and technical support to establish self-sustaining Guatemala-based community health projects serving neglected populations....

read more

TEACHING NUTRITION, A Volunteer’s Perspective

Posted by on Nov 21, 2012 in Nutrition | Comments Off

TEACHING NUTRITION, A Volunteer’s Perspective

I started volunteering with the Primeros Pasos and the Nutritional Recuperation Program in October.  The Nutritional Recuperation Program works with chronically malnourished children and their families in the Palajunoj Valley through medical treatment and health education.  At the beginning of working with the nutrition program, my artistic and crafting skills were put to the test when Cindy, the nutritionist, asked me to make fruit and vegetable crowns for the kids in the program.  Later that week, the clinic hosted a celebration for the...

read more

GOODBYE, BYRON!

Posted by on Nov 14, 2012 in Dental Program, Medical Program | Comments Off

GOODBYE, BYRON!

In October the Primeros Pasos team said goodbye to Byron Quixtán, our dental practicum student who worked in the clinic over the last eight months. The celebration was bittersweet because it marks Byron’s graduation as a certified dentist, his practicum here with Primeros Pasos was the final step in his odontology degree and certification process, but also means the loss of a hard-working and collaborative staff member here at the clinic. Byron worked hard in the eight months he spent here with Primeros Pasos, dedicating most of...

read more

STORIES FROM THE FIELD

Posted by on Oct 29, 2012 in Clinic Update, Healthy Schools, Nutrition, Scholarships, Volunteers, Women's Health Education | Comments Off

STORIES FROM THE FIELD

“Thank God that there is a clinic with free medicine that is close to the communities in the Valley. It is a great help to us here. There are many children in Candelaria that need to be seen by a doctor. When kids in my class are sick, I tell their mothers that they need to go to the the Primeros Pasos Clinic.” -Lucía, Teacher from Candelaria “‘Zanahoria! Manzana! Aguacate!’ Kids scream out a flurry of fruits and vegetables, practically falling out of their seats to raise their hands to volunteer for the activity...

read more

IMMENSE NEED FOR NUTRITION PROGRAM

Posted by on Aug 14, 2012 in Nutrition | Comments Off

IMMENSE NEED FOR NUTRITION PROGRAM

Many people don’t know that the overall rate of malnutrition in Guatemala is the highest in Central America and higher than many African countries. Primeros Pasos’ newest program, Nutritional Recuperation, started in January with the mission of supporting chronically malnourished children and their families through medical treatment and nutritional education, in turn improving children’s health and promoting healthy homes. The program is now in full swing and showing great progress. The nutrition team began the year by weighing...

read more

SUMMER UPDATE

Posted by on Jul 31, 2012 in Clinic Update, Medical Program, Mobile Clinics, Nutrition, Scholarships | Comments Off

SUMMER UPDATE

Primeros Pasos had a great first half of the year! We have expanded many of our medical services and added two new programs, Nutritional Recuperation and Scholarships for Continuing Education. So far we’ve seen over 4,000 patients in the clinic, including community members and students from the local schools, in addition to providing educational services to over a 100 participants in our programs. With the help of our new doctor, the clinic is now offering our patients new services, testing and materials. Patients can now be tested for...

read more
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