In Guatemala, 47% of children under five are chronically malnourished (80% in indigenous populations) and 80% of the indigenous population lives in poverty. Providing reproductive health services is fundamental to breaking the cycles of poverty and inequality that are present in Guatemala. Without the ability to plan and space pregnancies, families are often unable to meet the basic needs of all dependents. Increased access to family planning methods has been linked to better nutritional outcomes, increased educational attainment for girls, decreased migration, and decreased environmental implications.
WINGS Guatemala provides quality reproductive health education and services to underserved, primarily rural Guatemalan youth, women, and men. They take a holistic approach to reproductive health that recognizes the diverse barriers to exercising rights and engages community members to secure reproductive rights and bring their voices to the forefront of the decision-making process. Working in 14 predominantly rural, indigenous, and underserved provinces in Guatemala, WINGS collaborates with local partners to implement the following activities:
Youth Peer Education Program - Training youth leaders to provide accurate reproductive health information and service referrals to their peers.
Volunteer Promoter Network
Reproductive Health Clinics
Mobile Surgical Clinics
World Centric provided funds to support WINGS's reproductive health services and their volunteer promoter network
World Centric provided 3.2% of the total cost for WINGS services in 2021. Their total programs will provide:
1,235 tubal ligations
5,946 Subdermal Hormonal Implants
3,243 cervical cancer screenings
5,444 quarterly injections
1,789 monthly injections
940 contraceptive pill packs
520 Emergency Contraceptive Pills
As estimated by the Marie Stopes Impact 2 demographic model, WINGS will have the following impact in 2021: 25,133 unintended pregnancies prevented, 6 maternal deaths prevented, and 123 child deaths prevented. These estimates represent an increase of 2.5 times over 2020 results.
Access to modern contraception and safe abortion is also a major factor in women pursuing higher education, joining the workforce and delaying marriage. Learn more.
Filling the expressed unmet need for family planning through voluntary family planning interventions, unintended pregnancies and consequently unintended births averted, will reduce the total estimated future population growth and consequently avoiding global greenhouse emissions through lower demand of goods and services. Learn more.
A World Centric partner since 2021.
Founded in 2001, WINGS Guatemala is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides quality reproductive health education and services to underserved, primarily rural Guatemalan youth, women, and men. We take a holistic approach to reproductive health that recognizes the diverse barriers to exercising rights at the local level and engages community members, including indigenous women and girls, to secure reproductive rights and bring their voices to the forefront of the decision-making process.