GlobeMed at Georgetown University partners with Primeros Pasos in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala to help malnourished children access quality healthcare.
GlobeMed at Georgetown + Primeros Pasos
GlobeMed at Georgetown University | Washington, District of Columbia
Primeros Pasos | Quetzaltenango, Guatemala
In the Palajunoj Valley, where Primeros Pasos is located, there is only one government-employed doctor to attend to the medical needs of 15,000 residents.
To-date, over 50 percent of children attended to as part of Primeros Pasos’ Health Schools Program are considered malnourished.
“The conference was an amazing opportunity to meet the rest of the community. It was great to meet other groups who had well-established chapters and hear about the awareness events they had put on to make GlobeMed a recognized organization at their school. Hopefully we can incorporate some of their ideas as we move into our second year.”
– Perry Rogers, Georgetown University ’12
About the Partnership
Primeros Pasos is a non-profit, independent organization with a comprehensive outlook on health care. Primeros Pasos works in the Palajunoj Valley, a rural valley in western Guatemala with high rates of communicable diseases, malnutrition, and untreated chronic diseases. With the collaboration of health professionals, health educators, volunteers, and community leaders, Primeros Pasos offers quality and affordable healthcare and health education to the rural, underserved communities.
Since their partnership began in Fall 2011, GlobeMed at Georgetown has raised over $7000 to initiate a nutrition program that targets the thousands of children in the region who are severely malnourished.
This year, GlobeMed at Georgetown University and Primeros Pasos have worked together to launch a Nutrition Program at Primeros Pasos’ clinic in the Palajunoj Valley of Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. This will impact the overall health of the surrounding communities because the program will ensure that all schoolchildren identified as malnourished in the Palajunoj Valley are provided with the necessary medical follow-up.
Although there has been a significant reduction in the number of children classified as mildly, moderately, or severely malnourished since the inception of Primeros Pasos’ signature program, The Healthy Schools Program, high rates of malnutrition continue to be a problem for families of the Valley. This has resulted in the planning of a comprehensive Nutrition Program for the children of the Palajunoj Valley.
Primeros Pasos’ Nutrition Program aims to reduce the level of Grade I and II Malnutrition rates by 8% annually for school-age children in the Palajunoj Valley who participate in the Healthy Schools program. Primeros Pasos attends to approximately 3,000 schoolchildren each year.