Guatemala

Despite improvements over the last 20 years, Guatemala’s 14 million people continue to face significant political, economic, and social problems. Statistics published by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund illustrate these continued struggles: Guatemala holds one of the highest maternal mortality rates in Central America. Thus, Guatemala’s Ministry of Health and Social Welfare is faced with a significant challenge to address immediate and pressing needs.

Beginning in 1990 with the implementation of the Quality Assurance Project, URC has worked in Guatemala to raise awareness that quality improvement (QI) is an essential component of health system strengthening and that quality standards and QI capacity development are vital to the development of health care systems in even the most resource-constrained countries. Over the years, URC has implemented, among others, Global Fund Consulting Services and the Multi-Sector Alliance Program to improve the quality of and broaden access to clinical health services in Guatemala. URC has a history of supporting USAID-funded projects Guatemala. Three completed projects include the Calidad en Salud (Quality in Health) I and II projects, implemented from 2000–2004 and 2005–2009, and the global USAID Health Care Improvement (HCI) project, implemented from 2008–2012. URC has continued its commitment to USAID-funded initiatives and currently supports the Translating Research into Action (TRAction) Project and the Nutri-Salud: Community Nutrition and Health Project.

 

Current Projects

Translating Research into Action (TRAction) Project
USAID
2009

Nutri-Salud: Community Nutrition and Health Project
USAID
2012

 

 

In Guatemala, a mother and child learn to use the Wheel of Better Health (2013)
In Guatemala, a mother and child learn to use the Wheel of Better Health (2013)