Nutri-Salud Gains Project C.U.R.E. Support to Strengthen Guatemalan Health Care

The USAID Community Nutrition and Health (Nutri-Salud) Project recently received more than $300,000 in medical equipment from Project C.U.R.E. to equip health facilities and strengthen primary health care services in Guatemala's western highlands. USAID coordinated the equipment's shipment and delivery.

Project C.U.R.E is the largest provider of donated medical supplies and equipment to developing countries around the world. With the help of many, the project has reached the medically underserved in more than 130 countries.

Nutri-Salud is a community nutrition and health project supporting the Guatemalan Ministry of Health's (MOH's) efforts to provide expanded health coverage at the community level. The project's main objectives are to improve the nutritional status of women of reproductive age and children under five; strengthen the quality of, access to, and demand for essential maternal, neonatal, and child health (MNCH) care and family planning (FP)  services at the community level; and engage communities in active solutions to their health care needs.

URC's Long History in Guatemala

For over 20 years, URC has been working to strengthen health systems and improve the quality of care in Guatemala. Through the USAID Quality Assurance Project (QAP), we worked with the MOH and seven public hospitals to improve access to and quality of obstetric care services by designing client-centered obstetric care processes. Through the Multi-sector Alliance programs (Alianzas I and II), we strengthened public-private partnerships to improve MNCH; reproductive health and family planning; HIV/AIDS; water and sanitation; nutrition; and education in the country.

URC's Calidad en Salud (Quality in Health) project partnered with the MOH's National Reproductive Health Program to build a workforce of skilled personnel, increase access to family planning services, create demand for contraceptives through communication strategies, and address cultural and institutional barriers to family planning service use. As a result of projects like this one, fertility declined while contraceptive prevalence and new family planning users increased.

Today, URC continues to partner with the MOH to strengthen Guatemala's response to infectious diseases and improve the quality of MNCH and family planning services. We are also supporting implementation research to improve MNCH care in the country.

Nutri-Salud staff deliver medical supplies from Project C.U.R.E. to the Guatemalan Ministry of Health to strengthen the countrys primary health care services. Photo by Gustavo Barrios, URC.
Nutri-Salud staff deliver medical supplies from Project C.U.R.E. to the Guatemalan Ministry of Health to strengthen the countrys primary health care services. Photo by Gustavo Barrios, URC.
Date 
October 24, 2013
Authors 
Kevin Embrey, Nutri-Salud Program Officer; and Niambi Wilder, URC Communications Specialist
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