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Nurses, Doctors, Counselors—Everyone’s a Part of the Team in Guatemala

In the Western Highlands of Guatemala, nurses, doctors, counselors and community health workers form the backbone of a primary health care workforce bringing high-quality services to families in remote, hard-to-reach communities—improving care from before conception, to the day of birth, to a child’s fifth birthday and beyond.

Through the US Agency for International Development’s Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP)—implemented in Guatemala by Save the Children, Jhpiego, PATH, JSI and others—families are learning the importance of nutrition, antenatal care (ANC), family planning and routine health checkups. For historically disadvantaged communities across the region, accessible, quality primary health care services are a game changer.

MCSP supported the government of Guatemala to provide health care workers with training, mentorship and supervision to improve the quality of reproductive, maternal, neonatal, child and adolescent health and nutrition. In the process, Guatemala is building resilient, accountable and responsive health care systems that reach more families than ever before.

Click the arrows below for a few snapshots of the staggering impact.

Photos by Karen Kasmauski/MCSP
Story by Loretta Dzanya, MCSP