Strengthening Antenatal Care for Indigenous Women in Guatemala
Guatemala’s national maternal mortality ratio of 88 deaths per 100,000 live births is the sixth highest maternal mortality ratio in the Americas. In the Quetzaltenango department, indigenous women bear an even higher burden of maternal mortality due to harsher economic circumstances, higher fertility rates, and less access to convenient and culturally respectful health services.
MSH is implementing a project to strengthen high-quality, culturally appropriate antenatal care (ANC) for indigenous women in the Quetzaltenango department. Launched in 2019, the project works in partnership with national and departmental health authorities, local partners, and traditional midwives (comadronas) to introduce and implement a group ANC model where pregnant women can come together to share experiences, receive information from a health provider, form social bonds, and track the progress of their pregnancies. This project is funded by a US-based philanthropic organization.