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International Experiences

Guatemala

Guatemala

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The patient care experiences include field clinics and patient home visits in the beautiful country of Guatemala. These experiences are conducted in the Western highlands and the Boca Costa region of Guatemala, in association with Maya Health Alliance | Wuqu’ Kawoq (www.mayahealth.org).

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Wuqu Kawoq is a non‐governmental organization committed to helping the poor, marginalized and indigenous peoples in rural communities overcome barriers to health. One of the biggest barriers is language as more than half of all Guatemalans speak a Mayan language. Often, the health care providers in the health centers, clinics and hospitals do not speak the same language as their patients. All of the Wuqu’ Kawoq field staffspeak Spanish and a Mayan language to work closely with every patient.

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In partnership with the UC Department of Family and Community Medicine, the James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy supports Wuqu Kawoq’s central beliefs that you should not have to choose between your culture and your health, that you should be able to talk to your doctor in your own language and everyone should have the highest quality health care.

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Learners also provide training sessions for nurses, health promoters and other staff.

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