Why We Exist
We work to solve pressing health needs in Guatemala’s most impoverished communities. Led by indigenous health care workers, we bring together medicine, culture, and language to overcome barriers to health and wellbeing. Where others say “no,” we say “yes.”
We believe that your health should not depend on where you were born or the language you speak.
How We Got Our Name
We were born on January 1, 2007 – the day “Wuqu’ Kawoq” on the traditional Mayan calendar, which represents medicine and healthcare providers. We chose this as our name to reflect our mission of bringing quality care to rural, Mayan communities.
We also go by Maya Health Alliance so it’s easier for more people to know what we’re about!
Guatemala’s income distribution is among the most unequal in the world.
A woman in Guatemala is ten times more likely than a woman in the United States to die during childbirth.
As many as 80% of children in rural communities in Guatemala suffer chronic malnutrition.
The rate of type 2 diabetes and pre-diabetes among Maya people is 25% — more than double the national rate.