On August 19th ACW member Mabel Ezeonwu gave a presentation to the ACW on her recent trip to Guatemala. Her University of Washington team spent two weeks in the country training village health care promoters and putting on “pop-up clinics”. The work was carried out with Seattle-based Guatemala Village Health (GVH). Together they visited 8 villages and reached 596 people with primary care and preventive health services. The villages were remote—two of them only accessible by boat. These communities have no access to health services. Malnutrition is common. ACW support was much appreciated and provided stethoscopes, blood pressure cuffs, batteries and other supplies which remained with the village health promoters after the team left.
If anyone wants to support this work further, Mabel provided information on three village health promoters who are looking for financial assistance so they can continue their education. Donations can be directed to Guatemala Village Health. Mabel presented us with a beautiful Guatemalan cross as a thank you gift. (August 2018)