Grant Stories

Horizons of Friendship

Horizons of Friendship tapped into the skills of traditional midwives to increase maternal, newborn and child health and transform the lives of indigenous people in Guatemala.

Quick Facts

Country: Guatemala

Grant Program: World Day of Prayer

Year of Grant: 2017-2018

Grant Amount: $4,000

In its second year, Horizons of Friendship’s “Maternal, Newborn and Child Health” project has helped health educators continue to lead the popular community-based midwife training in Guatemala, especially in the remote highland communities of the Totonicapán.

The grant from WICC, coupled with one from the Association for Health Promotion, Research, and Education, has enabled health educators to hold 96 new discussion groups. Now a total of 187 women’s groups meet regularly to discuss women’s health topics such as nutrition, infant care, breastfeeding, immunization and the signs of a high-risk pregnancy – nearly 32,000 women have been reached!

Other project highlights include the continuing mass media health communications campaign on radio and television; the ongoing organization of community health emergency plans; the purchase of birthing simulators for midwife training; and the further distribution of medical supplies and equipment to community health posts.