Health and Medical Projects

Medical Clinic

Access to healthcare is one of the most pressing issues in Guatemala, as it has the highest childhood stunting rate in the hemisphere and the Guatemalan highlands rank near the bottom of nearly all basic healthcare markers.  With 60% of Guatemalans living in poverty, many are not able to afford or access healthcare.  Serious illnesses can put families into years of debt, and also prevents individuals from being able to contribute to the family economically.

Our medical program began in 2002 and serves rural communities through the use of mobile clinics, where access to such healthcare services is nonexistent.

Along with serving rural communities, the Pop Wuj Clinic also operates for the urban poor. Staffed by local doctors and a nurse, the clinic has developed an incredible reputation in the city - a line forms well before its doors open.

The clinic is free to all of the participants of Pop Wuj’s community projects and to those who cannot afford to pay. Any income from the clinic is invested back into the school's various projects.

Students and professionals from the Pop Wuj Medical Spanish Program take an active role our urban and mobile clinics, whether this involves triage, working at the pharmacy, shadowing a doctor, or providing care.

There are many costs to running the clinic. The medications, transportation to rural areas, rent, salaries, and support for chronically ill patients make up a large portion of the budget.  Given its success, the clinic may serve as a model to be implemented in other areas of Guatemala and internationally.  Profits from the Pop Wuj Medical Spanish Program and grants from Timmy Global Health funds our clinic and health programs.

For more information on the Pop Wuj Medical Clinic and Medical Spanish Program, please visit

Nutrition Program

Chronic malnutrition among children is a serious concern in the Western Highlands of Guatemala.  As part of Pop Wuj’s medical program, we are currently administering a nutrition program funded in large part by Timmy Global Health that serves children in the communities of Llanos del Pinal, La Victoria, and Buena Vista. 

The Nutrition Program is targeted at infants between the ages of 6 months and 24 months, and the principle aspects of the program are education and the provision of Nutributter, a fortified peanut butter.
Monthly meetings include an interactive educational component, the distribution of vitamins, Nutributter, and Incaparina, as well as measuring and weighing each infant to determine their progress.  Students from Pop Wuj’s medical and social work programs take an active role in the monthly meetings.

While the number of participants fluctuates due to new, exiting, or graduating infants - as of August 2013 there were approximately 80 babies in the program. 

1 comment:

  1. It is great that there are medical fields that are going abroad helping the different cultures. It is important to teach hygiene to everyone. Hygiene is an important practice to have. It keeps everyone healthy and safe from diseases.