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According to the World Bank, inequality in Guatemala is among the highest in Latin America, particularly impacting Indigenous populations. Poverty leads to poor health outcomes – the malnutrition rate for children under five is among the ten highest worldwide.

Here’s how Humanity First USA is helping.

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Humanity First USA volunteer physicians first visited Guatemala to offer free eyecare and cataract surgeries in 2010. We have returned nine more times to address preventable and treatable eye conditions. Our program has seen more than 2,500 patients and performed over 500 cataract surgeries.

Between 2016-2018, we also provided mobile healthcare to almost 15,000 Guatemalans with our Gift of Health and Women’s Health camps. Guided by professional physicians from both Guatemala and the US, groups of student volunteers provided health and hygiene care, as well as free healthcare in remote and underserved areas of Guatemala.

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Building on our extensive experience and relationships in Guatemala, Humanity First USA opened a permanent medical facility in Sacatepéquez in 2018. Nasir Hospital is a state of the art, sustainable healthcare resource to serve acute and chronic health needs for people from all corners of Guatemala and beyond.

The Masroor Ahmad School in Alotenango educates more than 300 students in a very under-resourced part of the country. Humanity First USA opened school doors in 2015 to operate with a fully local staff. Since its opening the school has welcomed students with varying levels of academic preparedness, students with development challenges, and students who balance schoolwork with helping out on their families’ farms.

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