Guatemala is home to some of the nicest and friendliest people in the world. Despite living in a difficult situation, they have wide smiles on their faces and are super-passionate about their heritage. It is one of the most populous country in Central America and is struggling to get even the basic needs fulfilled due to high rates of illiteracy and poverty. It is a country with the most unequal income distributions in the hemisphere as 51% of the entire population in the country lives in poverty. The reason behind it is the fact that the country experienced a 36-year-long guerilla war, earthquakes, floods, and landslides.
The Healthcare Sector of Guatemala
One of the most important areas of focus for every country is its healthcare sector. Providing adequate and top-quality healthcare is the primary responsibility of a country’s government. Talking about the healthcare sector in Guatemala, unfortunately, the residents of this country are deprived of one of the most basic needs. The Guatemalans struggle to get quality healthcare assistance as the situation of Guatemala is, in some case, worst in the world. One-third of the entire population does not have access to basic health services. The country has the fourth-highest rate of malnutrition in the world, the rates of child and maternal mortality is very high, and the number of diabetic and heart patients is at an absolute high. Certain barriers make it difficult for Guatemalans to seek quality healthcare.
Lack of Funds
One of the most significant barriers in healthcare is the lack of funds and the poor funding of local health posts. The local health institutes do not have qualified professionals and do not have the necessary equipment. The reason behind it is the fact that the people in Guatemalans do not have the resources to acquire the required skills and education to serve in the healthcare industry of their country. The private clinics are expensive, and the majority of the families in the country do not have the means to afford such expensive healthcare. Most of the health posts do not have essential supplies, medications, and vaccines. Even some notable hospitals do not have the funds to pay the medical staff due to which most of the facilities have been discontinued.
Lack of Specialists
The overall strength of the healthcare specialists is very low in the country, and 80% of these specialists work in the developed parts of the country. The people in the country do not have access to the most basic facilities, such as CAT scans and MRIs.
Insufficient Number of Clinics
Another important factor that is contributing to the worsening healthcare situation in the country is the insufficient number of clinics. The clinics that exist are not in good condition due to lack of funding, and many of these become victims to natural disasters such as landslides, floods, and earthquakes.
Addressing these factors is how the citizens of Guatemala can have access to quality healthcare services.
What the Healthcare Industry of Guatemala Needs?
What the country needs to improve its healthcare sector are more clinics. The reconstruction of damaged clinics and healthcare facilities and the construction of newer ones is one way this pressing issue can be addressed. Organizations such as Developing Our World are launching projects to help elevate the quality of the healthcare services in the country. If your church or organization is interested in a communal project that develops the health of the people, this is for you. With the help of the local leaders and community at large, you can build a clinic that would serve several other communities with a range of 6,000 people. Join the community project and help the Guatemalans build a healthy life for themselves!