Guatemala has one of the highest rates of maternal mortality in Latin America, where death during childbirth is 20 times more likely than in developed countries. In remote, isolated regions of Guatemala, a majority of women still give birth at home with little or no access to hospitals or clinical health services. The majority of deaths are preventable if they had access to basic medical care — a challenge for many Guatemalans in remote areas.
Additionally, Guatemala reports the highest infant mortality rates in Latin America. Nearly 80% of deaths of children under five years of age are recorded among the poorest 20% of the population where malnutrition is preventable.
SCF funded a multi-year maternal health program of vulnerable and indigent pregnant mothers in Guatemala City known as Casa Materna (Mother’s House). Casa Materna provides outreach, and education services, out-patient clinical services, a pediatric clinic and an inpatient facility for women with high-risk pregnancies. Women and their families can access child nutrition classes, and trainings on proper hygiene and sanitation practices. Casa Materna has already saved the lives of thousands of mothers and their babies.
pLEASE HELP SCF CONTINUE TO SAVE THE LIVES OF MOTHERS AND CHILDREN.