Guatemala’s chronic malnutrition and maternal-infant mortality indexes are among the highest in the region. According to the 2013 Human Development Index, Guatemala is ranked 133 lowest out of 187 countries, and holds the very last place in Central America.
38% of pregnancies in Guatemala are of adolescents between 10 and 20 years old due the lack of education and information about reproductive health and access to family planning services. Even when HIV prevalence in adults is less than 1%, not having access to education and information in the rural areas increases the risk for Sexually Transmitted Diseases as well as HIV.
Through our Information, Education, and Communication (IEC) strategy, we promote reproductive health, family planning, and the prevention of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) as well as HIV/AIDS.
These activities are directed primarily at health workers, family groups, and 500 rural young men and women who replicate the knowledge and messages to families in the area. Youth are informed and educated through the Sports for Life methodology, which uses sports to teach about preventing sexually transmitted diseases.
ADRIG also provides training to Ministry of Health workers and community volunteers (health promoters and Traditional Birth Attendants) to improve their knowledge and skills to provide better services that continues to reduce maternal and child mortality.
Dental and ophthalmologic campaigns are also promoted to improve health conditions in rural communities.