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Casas Maternas in the Rural Highlands of Guatemala: A Case Study of Their Introduction, Utilization and Equity of Utilization by Indigenous Population

This presentation was prepared by Curamericas Guatemala.  It is a summary of TRAction-funded research realted to Equitable Access to Healthcare. The purpose of the research was to examine whether the Casa Materna has contributed to increasing institutional deliveries in the 32 communities in the municipality of San Sebastián Coatán.

Casas Maternas in the Rural Highlands of Guatemala: A Mixed-Methods Case Study of the Introduction and Utilization of Birthing Facilities by an Indigenous Population

In an isolated mountainous area of Guatemala with high maternal mortality, an NGO-sponsored approach engaged communities to operate local, culturally appropriate birthing facilities and is achieving high and equitable utilization. Likely success factors:

  • Community engagement and ownership

  • Close location of facilities

  • Perceived high quality of services

Population Density, Poor Sanitation, and Enteric Infections in Nueva Santa Rosa, Guatemala

Poor sanitation could pose greater risk for enteric pathogen transmission at higher human population densities because of greater potential for pathogens to infect new hosts through environmentally mediated and person-to-person transmission. We hypothesized that incidence and prevalence of diarrhea, enteric protozoans, and soil-transmitted helminth infections would be higher in high-population-density areas compared with low-population density areas, and that poor sanitation would pose greater risk for these enteric infections at high density compared with low density.

Evaluating Sustained Adoption of LPG stoves in Guatemala

Research Overview

This project will evaluate perceptions and sustained use of liquid petroleum gas (LPG) stoves distributed through GenteGas, an 18-month pilot study funded by Grand Challenges Canada in June 2014. The GenteGas pilot uses a market-based approach to distribute affordable LPG stoves to low-income households in peri-urban Alontenango, Guatemala. GenteGas trains local women entrepreneurs to distribute LPG stoves and tanks and to engage their communities around LPG stove use and safety. 

Sistematización de la Implementación de la Estrategia de Gestión por Resultados en el Ministerio de Salud Pública y Asistencia Social de Guatemala

This process evaluation describes the implementation of the Management for Results (MfR) strategy by the Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance in Guatemala.

This is a Spanish-language report

U.S. Agency for International Development TRAction Project; University Research Co., LLC, 2014.


Sistema de Vigilancia de la Mortalidad Materna en Alta Verapaz

This case study aims to document the implementation of the maternal mortality surveillance system in Alta Verapaz, Guatemala. The surveillance system has the potential to reduce maternal deaths and can be scaled up to other health areas in the country. This is a Spanish-Language document.

U.S. Agency for International Development TRAction Project; University Research Co., LLC, 2014.


Salud Materno Infantil y Nutrición en el Área de Salud Ixil

This study on the health and nutrition situation in the Ixil region, located in Guatemala's Quiche department, was conducted by COTONEB with technical and financial assistance from USAID and TRAction.


Funded by USAID, URC has been supporting the Ministry of Health (MoH) in Guatemala since 2000. For the past 4 years the main technical area of support has been health care quality at the central level as well as in eight departments of Guatemala: Alta Verapaz, Chimaltenango, Huehuetenango, Quetzaltenango, Quiché, San Marcos, Sololá and Totonicapán.

Exploring Disrespect and Abuse in Guatemala

Research Overview

Guatemala is home to extreme disparities between the indigenous and non-indigenous segments of the population. The indigenous population in Guatemala has disproportionately lower health outcomes when compared to their non-indigenous counterparts. These poor health outcomes can be associated with lower utilization of formal services which, specific to maternal care, can lead to higher rates of maternal mortality and morbidity.



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