HEALTH CARE ACCESS:
Over 90% of the population in the municipality are part of Mayan indigenous groups. Public health care in Guatemala falls under the responsibility of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Welfare (MSPAS) which has 2,200 service units across the country. Even with this coverage, it is important to note that medications, supplies, and materials are often not available. Health worker density in rural communities is 3.0 per 10,000 persons as opposed to 25.7 to 10,000 in urban areas of Guatemala. There are major gaps in health care services between rural indigenous and urban populations in Guatemala.
Community members in Caserio Montecristo don’t have access to a health post or Community Centre where they can get basic medical aid. The community members of Caserio Montecristo rely on the Medical Brigades, and when they can, they travel to a nearby community with a Health Centre in case of an emergency. During initial communications with Global Brigades, community leaders shared that the most common illnesses were fever, cough, and stomachache.