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Chicamán Maternal and Child Health Project


El Quiché is a department located 250 kilometers north of the capital of Guatemala, with a population of more than 655,000 people. Out-of-pocket household costs account for 69% of total health spending; for impoverished families, this cost can be catastrophic. El Quiché has the country’s highest rate of maternal mortality at 192.8 per 100,000. The main causes of morbidity in Guatemala in children 5 and under are respiratory infections and diarrhea.

Project Goals

Reduce morbidity and mortality among women of reproductive age and children under 5 in the municipality of Chicamán, El Quiche:
  • Improve child health through increased access to community level health services and improved household practices 
  • Improve quality of child health in facilities through strengthened Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI) services 
  • Improve child nutrition through community growth monitoring and promotion, improved IYCF practices, and access to micronutrients 
  • Improve community health through health clinics, medicines and medical supplies, improved latrines, and improved stoves

Program Offerings

  • Community Case Management training of health promoters and Mother Monitors
  • Cooking stoves
  • Latrines & wash stations
  • Medicines & medical supplies


Ministry of Health

Mother counselors are local women volunteers who are trained by MTI to provide life-saving medical and hygiene advice to families who have little or no access to healthcare.

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