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IMPACT (Improving Maternal Participation and Access to Community Training) Program

The Problem

The health of indigenous Mayan Guatemalans is among the worst in the global south, especially in the rural Western Highlands region, which is vulnerable to natural disasters and drought. Chronic malnutrition has resulted in Guatemala having the highest stunting rates in Latin America. Furthermore, the country places among the three worst Latin American countries for maternal and child mortality. Many of the deaths that take place every year can be prevented with basic health education and better access to health services.

The Program

The IMPACT program is being delivered by CAUSE Canada, one of our partners in Guatemala. The goal is to improve the health services for 53,900 pregnant and lactating mothers and their children in the Western Highland municipalities of Todos Santos and Comitancillo. Health aides will provide lactation workshops and encourage breastfeeding. The program will also promote good nutrition practices and raise awareness of pregnancy-related health risks so vulnerable women are empowered to make sound decisions about health.

The total cost of the program is $94,000 a year for four years.

7x Matching Grant
The Canadian government is investing 7 dollars for every 1 dollar you donate!

Your Gift Makes a Big Difference!

  • Reduce preventable deaths of mothers and babies.
  • Improve health services in economically disadvantaged communities.
  • Educate and empower mothers to make sound health decisions.
  • Give indigenous people better access to modern health services and techniques.
  • Improve nutrition for mothers, babies, and children.



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