Guatemala Community Health Work Team (140712GUWK)
This community health project work team will work alongside an indigenous community in the El Quiché department of Guatemala, outside the city of Chicamán. They will help build improved ventilated cook stoves for the local families.
Many of these Guatemalan families still cook on open flames in their huts, which is a major contributor to respiratory infections in women and children. The improved stove will properly ventilate smoke out of the home and help prevent future respiratory problems. The stove also burns less wood at significantly hotter temperatures, preventing further deforestation in the region. Additionally, women spend less time scavenging and hauling wood. So far, these stoves have been wildly popular with the communities. The following link is a 16-minute video describing the full benefits of these stoves: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_e0vOfjvH0.
Goal: Improve the physical, social, and spiritual health of the people in the municipality of Chicamán, Guatemala.
Objective 1: Reduce the incidence and improve case management of pneumonia in children under 2 years old.
Objective 2: Reduce the incidence and improve case management of childhood diarrhea in children under 2 years old.
Objective 3: Reduce stunting and underweight in children under 5 years old.
Objective 4: Improve health of pregnant women and mothers.
Greatest benefit this specific team will bring
This team will work in a remote community outside of Chicamán, Guatemala, to build ventilated stoves.
Challenges you expect they may encounter
There will be all kinds of challenges, mental, physical and spiritual. The team, with the help of each member and the MTI staff in Guatemala, will help each other overcome any obstacles they may encounter.
MTI - Guatemala Field Office
Julienne B. Livaudais, Matthew D. Hill, Nicole Cretu, Lavi Ianos, Angela Lazarean, Paul T. Pierce, Andrea Kidder and Malia Rosenlund