Having the highest child and maternal mortality rate in Central America, Guatemala has no shortage of health care challenges. Additionally, contaminated water is a constant hardship for many of the people living in coastal lowlands. It is with this information that the Center for Human Development in the Colorado School of Public Health is working to change lives.
Led by Tony Bolaños, MD, the Center for Human Development provides outreach efforts to rural villages. Care has increased to serving more than 23,000 people. With increased efforts, children have access to the resources needed to prevent treatable illnesses and mothers have access to health care to treat pregnancy complications. While there is still work to do, the Center for Human Development is leading the way, making a measurable impact on the health of rural Guatemala.
This work also provides a platform for education. So far, over 30 residents have rotated through the clinic. These residents are learning valuable skills that will help them as they continue their careers.