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    Edson Martínez, Gandy Barrios, Hayley González, and Jackson Tello.

    Edson Martínez, Gandy Barrios, Hayley González, and Jackson Tello. Photo: Laura Sánchez/HEP+



    Many children and adolescents in Guatemala work in odd jobs and face difficulties in accessing health services, nutrition, education, and economic opportunities, and they dream of improving their living conditions.

    In 2016, Guatemalan civil society networks supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Health and Education Policy Plus (HEP+) project summoned various groups and youth organizations to come together to create social capital and citizenship from youth. Twenty respondents were selected to participate in a program of capacity building in advocacy, policy dialogue, health, nutrition, and education, as well as other activities oriented to art, public speaking, photography, and drama. During the program, youth participants created sketches, poems, and songs focused on compliance with health, nutrition, and education policies. All these young people became leaders for the advocacy of these rights.

  • Resource

    As a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guatemala, Kathryn Lee needed resources to help her develop a curriculum to equip local health promoters to deliver short health lessons on various topics, including family planning. During her Peace Corps training, Kathryn received a USB drive containing K4Health materials and tools, including a Guatemalan Toolkit on the Standard Days Method of contraception. Kathryn used materials from this Toolkit and others to train seven women’s groups and 60 indigenous health promoters on contraceptive methods.

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    18-year-old Isabela and her son, Andy, at a WINGS clinic.

    18-year-old Isabela and her son, Andy, at a WINGS clinic. After giving birth to Andy as a single mother, Isabela decided on a contraceptive implant.

    Meet Isabela, an 18-year-old who came to a WINGS clinic in Santo Tomás Milpas Altas, a small town about a 20-minute drive from Antigua, Guatemala. Accompanied by her older sister, Isabela carried her eight-month-old son, Andy, in her arms. She is young but, unlike many of her peers, she is aware of her reproductive rights and contraceptive options thanks to WINGS’ volunteer promoters. She visited our clinic for the first time over a year ago. She had a boyfriend at the time and, since they had started having sexual relations, she wanted to get a Jadelle implant. However, when she took the routine pregnancy test we give to each patient before providing a long-acting method, the result was positive. Isabela was devastated at the time, bursting into tears. She is now raising Andy as a single mother, luckily with a lot of support from her family. She loves her son very much, but admits that being a mother at such young age is very hard and she wishes she waited for a few years. She's one of six siblings, four of them girls. "We now all have implants," she says. "Even my 15-year-old sister, she has one too. I want her to be safe, study, go to university, and not go through the difficulties I had to face." Isabela looks at little Andy with a big loving smile. "It's not easy. But I'm very happy now that I know I'm protected for the next five years."

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    GHSP Cover Image August 2014

    Public health must operate at a large scale in widely diverse and complex situations, making it a challenge to decide which programmatic approaches to undertake and under what conditions. Randomized controlled trials—the gold standard of evidence-based medicine—have limited utility for public health because they answer precise questions under narrow conditions. Other methodologies are needed that provide information about not only whether something works but also how, when, and why it can work for broad application. In the latest issue of the Global Health: Science and Practice (GHSP) journal, editor-in-chief James Shelton explores some of the methodologies we can use for evidence-based public health decision-making.

  • Toolkit
    Esta herramienta contiene las pautas y una colección de recursos dirigidos a orientar y apoyar a aquellas organizaciones que deseen incorporar el Método de Días Fijos® (Collar) a la oferta de anticonceptivos. Está herramienta esta basada en las Condiciones esenciales para la integración y sostenibilidad del Método de Días Fijos en los servicios de salud reproductiva” que contempla un enfoque sistémico, previendo acciones en el campo de la abogacía, la construcción de capacidades, los procesos de promoción e IEC, el sistema de información y logística, y el monitoreo y evaluación.