What does it involve?

Health for Life provides health education and services to Friendship Bridge clients, in partnership with Wuqu’ Kawoq (Maya Health Alliance). Culturally sensitive services are provided via mobile clinics that travel to the villages where our clients live. Each clinic is staffed by female medical provider fluent in the indigenous languages our clients speak.

Our clients receive:
  • Papanicolaou Exam
  • Cervical exam
  • Breast exam
  • Diabetes screening
  • Hypertension screening
  • Pregnancy test
  • STI screening & treatment for pregnant women
  • Family planning consult with a choice of methods:injections, implants, pills

78%

women never having
had a Pap exam

Cervical cancer is the 2nd most common cancer among women in Guatemala, yet 78% of Mayan women aged 17-49 report never having had a Pap exam.

10%

had access
to birth control

In a study among indigenous women in Guatemala, 64% of women reported they did not want to have children in the next two years, yet only 10% had access to birth control.

43%

unaware of family
planning methods

43% of indigenous Guatemalan women are unaware that these family planning methods even exist

Just a few weeks after meeting with the Health for Life nurse, Manuela received the results: she had cervical cancer. “When I heard the word ‘cancer,’ it was like

having a bucket of cold water thrown over me. Thoughts raced through my mind about my family, my children, and the cost of the treatment. I calmed down when

[the nurse] told me they would support me in every way they could and there would be a solution. I am so very grateful to Friendship Bridge for creating this pro-

gram because it has helped me in so many ways besides receiving a loan. What good is having a super business if I don’t have good health?”

“I am so very grateful to Friendship Bridge for creating this program”