Meet Three Health Workers In Central America Who Won't Let COVID-19 Stand In the Way of HIV Care
By Claudia Guzm án A nurse takes escorts a client to health services in Guatemala. Photo by Anna Watts for IntraHealth International.April 08, 2021Since the COVID-19 pandemic started, health workers in Central America have been working to ensure all people living with HIV have access to health care. In their communities throughout the region, they’re delivering medicines and adapting to new ways of providing services to the most vulnerable populations during the pandemic.Here’s how.Home visits in GuatemalaPedro (not his real name) is a university student, who, according to his medical record, lives in ...
Source: IntraHealth International - April 8, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: HIV & AIDS COVID-19 World Health Worker Week Source Type: news

Challenges and innovations in Guatemala ’s psychology
Guatemalan psychologists have been implementing a number of innovations to benefit the mental health of the local population. (Source: PsycPORT.com)
Source: PsycPORT.com - April 8, 2021 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news

$3 Million NIH grant for Colorado School of Public Health Worker Health study
(University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus) Three groups from the Colorado School of Public Health (ColoradoSPH) have been awarded a $3 million 5-year grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study the effects of air pollution and climate on the kidney health of sugarcane workers in Guatemala. The award provides funding to identify how air pollutants contribute to chronic kidney disease of unknown origin (CKDu), a growing international epidemic. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 25, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Using their networks, Mexican and Guatemalan Indigenous leaders take on vaccine inequity
Mexican and Guatemalan Indigenous leaders in L.A. and across California play a crucial role in helping underserved communities get vaccinated. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - March 10, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Leila Miller Source Type: news

Biden's America: 13 dead in serious crash near Mexican border were illegal aliens being trafficked
(Natural News) It has been confirmed that the 13 people who died in a horrific vehicle collision near the United States-Mexico border earlier in the week are, in fact, illegal aliens from Mexico and Guatemala who were being trafficked into the country. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) announced that all of the crash victims are... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - March 6, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Pregnant Asylum-Seekers Needed Help at the Border. Inside the Program That Provided Care —and Community
Xiomara was already having labor pains when she presented herself to U.S. Border Patrol officials to make a claim for asylum. She had fled gang violence in El Salvador six months earlier, working under the table in Mexico to afford bus tickets for her and her three young children to make it to the border. When she finally arrived, nine months pregnant and feeling contractions, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) offered to take her to a hospital. But she had heard about family separations and was worried about losing her kids if she were hospitalized, so instead she was sent back to the streets of Ciudad Juárez...
Source: TIME: Health - March 3, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jasmine Aguilera Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 feature Immigration Magazine Women in Crisis Source Type: news

Demographic Impact of Coronavirus Pandemic: An Overview
One year after the pandemic was officially declared, the enormous demographic impact of the coronavirus is becoming increasingly evident as more data are compiled and analyzed. Credit: United Nations.By Joseph ChamieNEW YORK, Mar 2 2021 (IPS) The demographic impact of the coronavirus one year after being declared a pandemic on 11 March 2020 has been enormous. The picture that emerges is one of significant consequences on the levels and trends of the key components of demographic change: mortality, fertility and migration. In terms of mortality, the reported number of Covid-19 deaths worldwide is approaching 3 million, with...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 2, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Joseph Chamie Tags: Global Headlines Health Population Source Type: news

'Good bacteria' in breast milk changes over time
(McGill University) The cocktail of beneficial bacteria passed from mother to infant through breast milk changes significantly over time and could act like a daily booster shot for infant immunity and metabolism. The research, conducted by scientists from Montreal and Guatemala and published in Frontiers in Microbiology, has important implications for infant development and health. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 23, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

International groups have offered Mexico their aid in identifying the bodies of 19 migrants believed to be from Guatemala who were...
(Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 30, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Ethnoracial patterns of violence in Guatemala: an empirical examination of the relationship between Mayan-majority municipalities and homicide rates in Guatemala - Lesniewski J, Kang E, Qin L, Helmuth J.
The current study empirically tests the relationship between homicide rates and the population of indigenous Mayans at the municipal level in Guatemala. Using data from the most recent Guatemalan Census (2018) and independently aggregated national police d... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 25, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Research Methods, Surveillance and Codes, Models Source Type: news

Intimate partner violence against indigenous women in Solol á, Guatemala: qualitative insights into perspectives of service providers - Wands ZE, Mirzoev T.
Over a third of women in Guatemala are subjected to intimate partner violence (IPV). Indigenous Mayan women are particularly vulnerable, due to the intersection of race, gender, and poverty. However, no research exists into the causes of IPV among this gro... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 25, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Migrant caravan: Mexico presses US to reform immigration policies
The Mexican president spoke out as thousands gathered in Guatemala en route to Mexico and the US. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 19, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Guatemalan security forces clash with thousands of migrants heading for US border
Thousands of authorities and migrants clashed, with some migrants fleeing into the nearby mountains as the violence intensified. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 18, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Migrant Caravan, Now in Guatemala, Could Pose Early Test for Biden
As many as 9,000 migrants from Honduras are hoping to reach the United States to escape poverty intensified by hurricanes and the... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 17, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Up to 8,000 US-bound migrants enter Guatemala from Honduras
An estimated 7,000 to 8,000 US-bound migrants have entered Guatemala from Honduras since Friday, a spokesman for Guatemala's official... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 17, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Swimming With My Shirt Off
At 13, I was a guy with breasts, and I needed to get rid of them to survive my upcoming teenage years. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - January 7, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: J. Martinez-Paz Tags: Surgery and Surgeons Plastic Surgery Teenagers and Adolescence Breasts Homosexuality and Bisexuality Guatemala City (Guatemala) Source Type: news

2020 Was a Year of Climate Extremes. What Can We Expect in 2021?
2020 was a year of extreme weather around the world. Hot and dry conditions drove record-setting wildfires through vast areas of Australia, California and Brazil and Siberia. A record-breaking Atlantic hurricane season landed a double blow of two hugely destructive storms in Central America. Long-running droughts have destroyed agricultural output and helped to push millions into hunger in Zimbabwe and Madagascar. A super-cyclone unleashed massive floods on India and Bangladesh. And overall, 2020 may end up the hottest year on record—despite a La Niña event, the ocean-atmospheric phenomenon which normally temp...
Source: TIME: Science - December 31, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Ciara Nugent Tags: Uncategorized climate change Londontime Source Type: news

Effects of brief training on mental health provider's knowledge of working with youth at risk of suicide in Guatemala - Alonzo D, Popescu M, Zubaroglu-Ioannides P.
BACKGROUND: Resources for mental healthcare are lacking in Guatemala, yet rates of mental illness and suicide are quite high. Mental healthcare providers often lack the knowledge needed to effectively work with young at-risk of suicide. To address this ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 30, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Examining risk factors of intimate partner violence victimization in Central America: a snapshot of Guatemala and Honduras - Meeker KA, Hayes BE, Randa R, Saunders J.
The current study examines country-specific risk factors of intimate partner violence (IPV) victimization among Guatemalan and Honduran women. More specifically, we examine if (in)equality between partners, experience of controlling or emotionally abusive ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 23, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Research Methods, Surveillance and Codes, Models Source Type: news

3 Ways Health Workers in Central America Are Delivering HIV Care during a Pandemic
By Claudia Guzm án A client received HIV medication at their home in Guatemala in August, 2017. Photo by Anna Watts for IntraHealth International.December 14, 2020In Central America, the COVID-19 pandemic has created new barriers for people living with HIV to adhere to their antiretroviral therapy (ART) regimen. People living with HIV face lack of transportation, reduced clinic hours and sites, and fear of going to clinics—all of which make it harder for them to continue taking their medication.So health workers from Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Panama​ are using some new...
Source: IntraHealth International - December 11, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: HIV & AIDS Health Workers Source Type: news

Over 700 gang members in Central America arrested in U.S.-assisted actions
El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras bring criminal charges in U.S.-led action targeting transnational organized crime (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - December 1, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

In Central America, Health Workers Keep HIV Services Available despite Dual Disasters
By Claudia Guzm án Photo by Trevor Snapp in El Salvador for IntraHealth International.December 01, 2020The COVID-19 pandemic has created plenty of barriers for people living with HIV who need to continue their care and treatment. But when hurricanes Eta and Iota hit Central America in November, the barriers multiplied.Pounding Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Panama, and Guatemala for days, these two hurricanes brought heavy rains that led to flooding and landslides that devastated communities and affected millions.In the face of these dual crises, health workers in Central America demonstrated strong leadership ...
Source: IntraHealth International - December 1, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: HIV & AIDS COVID-19 Digital Health World AIDS Day Source Type: news

‘We are fed up’: Guatemalans continue anti-government protests
Guatemala’s Congress annulled a contentious budget this week, but protesters are still calling for president to resign. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

‘We Can Begin To Heal the Wounds.’ Inside the Efforts to Provide Mental Health Care to Families Separated at the U.S. Border
When Mari and her teenage son, Jesus, were confronted by Border Patrol agents, they did not know they had already crossed the border from Mexico to the U.S. and were now on American soil. To this day, Mari—an asylum seeker from Guatemala—says she doesn’t know where they entered the U.S., only that the agents arrested them and drove them to a facility where dozens of other women were crying. It wasn’t until the agents took Jesus away from her that Mari understood why they were crying. “Do you know that you are committing a crime?” Mari says an agent who worked at the facility asked her. &...
Source: TIME: Health - November 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jasmine Aguilera Tags: Uncategorized feature Immigration Source Type: news

Protesters burn part of Guatemala's Congress building
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Hundreds of protesters broke into Guatemala's Congress and burned part of the building Saturday amid growing... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Guatemala: Congress on fire after protesters storm building
The building went up in flames after demonstrators - who oppose the new budget - staged an attack. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Wet bulb globe temperature and recorded occupational injury rates among sugarcane harvesters in Southwest Guatemala - Dally M, Butler-Dawson J, Sorensen CJ, Van Dyke M, James KA, Krisher L, Jaramillo D, Newman LS.
As global temperatures continue to rise it is imperative to understand the adverse effects this will pose to workers laboring outdoors. The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between increases in wet bulb globe temperature (WBGT) and... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 14, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Nova Scotian sues U.S. missionaries over alleged 'torture' at orphanage
A Nova Scotia man has launched a lawsuit against a U.S.-based organization that runs a Guatemalan orphanage where he says he and others... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Guatemala ends rescue operations at deadly landslide site
Dozens of people are believed to have been killed by a landslide during Tropical Storm Eta last week. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Guatemalan women alleging gang-rape can use explosive corporate documents in Hudbay case
The judge’s decision “doesn’t change our view of the facts of the case,” Hudbay said in an email statement to the Star. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - October 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Honduran migrants are caught between economic despair and militarized crackdowns
Guatemalan authorities stopped much of a caravan of Honduran migrants heading north toward the United States, deporting more than 2,000 of them. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - October 3, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Sandra Cuffe Source Type: news

CabildoXLatAm: A space for digital participation in Latin America
(Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies e.V. (IASS)) In the face of the challenges that have emerged and been exacerbated by Covid-19 pandemic, collective responses by and for communities have emerged in Latin America. Therefore the research group Democratic Reconfigurations at IASS Potsdam will convene a Cabildo por America Latina (CabildoxLatAm), a participatory digital space to design collective responses to the pandemic. The event will bring together civil society actors, governments, communities and citizens from Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - August 26, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Call for Urgent Action by 275 World Leaders on Global Education Emergency In Face of Covid19
Credit: UNICEF Mali / DickoBy External SourceNEW YORK, Aug 18 2020 (IPS) We write to call for urgent action to address the global education emergency triggered by COVID-19. With over 1 billion children still out of school because of the lockdown, there is now a real and present danger that the public health crisis will create a COVID generation who lose out on schooling and whose opportunities are permanently damaged. While the more fortunate have had access to alternatives, the world’s poorest children have been locked out of learning, denied internet access, and with the loss of free school meals – once a lif...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - August 18, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: External Source Tags: Economy & Trade Education Featured Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies TerraViva United Nations Education Cannot Wait (ECW) Source Type: news

Food Swamps Surrounding Schools in Three Areas of Guatemala
(Source: CDC Preventing Chronic Disease)
Source: CDC Preventing Chronic Disease - August 6, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Public Health Source Type: news

Prevalence and Predictors of High Blood Pressure Among Women of Reproductive Age and Children Aged 10 to 14 Years in Guatemala
(Source: CDC Preventing Chronic Disease)
Source: CDC Preventing Chronic Disease - July 23, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Public Health Source Type: news

Ancient Maya reservoirs contained toxic pollution
(University of Cincinnati) Reservoirs in the heart of an ancient Maya city were so polluted with mercury and algae that the water likely was undrinkable. ?Researchers from the University of Cincinnati found toxic levels of pollution in two central reservoirs in Tikal, an ancient Maya city that dates back to the third century B.C. in what is now northern Guatemala. UC's findings suggest droughts in the ninth century likely contributed to the depopulation and eventual abandonment of the city. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - June 26, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Intimate partner violence victimization and mental health among men who have sex with men living with HIV in Guatemala - Davis DA, Rock A, Santa Luce R, McNaughton-Reyes L, Barrington C.
Gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM) are disproportionately affected by poor mental health compared to their heterosexual counterparts. One factor that may increase mental health problems among MSM is intimate partner violence (IPV) vic... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 22, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Violence and Weapons Issues Source Type: news

Children in Out-of-Home Care: Lessons from the Pandemic
. Credit: Hope And Homes for Children. By Larisa AbrickajaLONDON, Jun 22 2020 (IPS) As the world continues to struggle with the Covid-19 pandemic, the situation in institutions like prisons or care homes has shown how quickly overcrowded facilities can become a breeding ground for an infectious disease. But what about other congregate facilities like residential institutions for children, such as orphanages? What risks do they face? And how should governments be responding during – and after – this pandemic? How has the pandemic affected orphanages? The Covid-19 pandemic has had one significant impact on so-ca...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 22, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Larisa Abrickaja Tags: Global Headlines Health Source Type: news

China Shuts Vast Beijing Market as It Hunts Coronavirus Cluster
The C.D.C. projects up to 140,000 deaths in the U.S. by early July. A bat expert navigates a political minefield. Dozens of members of the Guatemalan president ’s staff have tested positive. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - June 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Source Type: news

He was a Covid-19 patient. She cleaned his hospital room. Their unexpected bond saved his life
A former Air Force colonel and a housekeeper from Guatemala met in a hospital room in Florida. And unexpectedly, one began to heal the other. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - June 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Meeting The Challenges Of Sharing Covid-19 Information In Rural Guatemala
"Like most of the world we were not prepared" (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - June 1, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Christine Ro, Contributor Tags: Science /science Innovation /innovation Healthcare /healthcare Source Type: news

Being a sex worker and migrant in times of trafficking: experiences from the Mexico (Chiapas)-Guatemala border - Macedo JVM.
This article examines the construction of a dominant narrative around human trafficking at Mexico ´s southern border, as articulated through the experiences of two specific actors: sex workers and the armed division of the State. Through ethnography and th... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 30, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Occupational Issues Source Type: news

Second immigrant dies of COVID-19 while in ICE custody
Santiago Baten-Oxlag, of Guatemala, is the second known immigrant to die of coronavirus complications while detained by U.S. immigration authorities. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - May 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Reported Coronavirus Cases Top 5 Million Worldwide
Guatemala ’s leader protested U.S. deportations of infected migrants, as China imposed a Wuhan-style lockdown in a region where cases have flared. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - May 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Source Type: news

Reported Coronavirus Cases Top 5 Million Worldwide: Live Coverage
Guatemala ’s leader protested U.S. deportations of infected migrants, as China imposed a Wuhan-style lockdown in a region where cases have flared. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - May 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Source Type: news

How a Guatemalan girl ended up alone under guard in a hotel, waiting to be deported
One girl's case shows how Trump officials target migrant minors for deportation, lawyers scramble for their release and the kids live with the chaos. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - May 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Molly O'Toole Source Type: news

Coronavirus Leads to Nosedive in Remittances in Latin America
Remittances now account for an important portion of GDP in Latin America and the Caribbean and support millions of families, so the drop in this source of income is shaking the economies of many countries and deepening poverty in the region. CREDIT: World BankBy Humberto MárquezCARACAS, May 18 2020 (IPS) Remittances that support millions of households in Latin America and the Caribbean have plunged as family members lose jobs and income in their host countries, with entire families sliding back into poverty, as a result of the COVID-19 health crisis and global economic recession. The region will receive a projected...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 18, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Humberto Marquez Tags: Development & Aid Economy & Trade Editors' Choice Featured Financial Crisis Headlines Health Human Rights Labour Latin America & the Caribbean Migration & Refugees Poverty & SDGs Regional Categories Coronavirus COVID-19 ECLAC Source Type: news

Protecting Women ’s Reproductive Health During the Pandemic
Woman gives birth to healthy baby in …., Democratic Republic of the Congo, facilitated by the delivery that day of emergency reproductive health kits. Credit: UNFPABy Anand Grover and Ximena CasasMay 12 2020 (IPS) “When I was 13… I got pregnant from my older brother… He raped me starting when I was 11,” a girl from Guatemala told one of us in 2015. She was one of the 2 million girls under 15 worldwide who give birth each year, often due to sexual violence. The Covid-19 pandemic is putting girls like her at even greater risk. While lockdowns reduce the spread of Covid-19, they also drive a g...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 12, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Anand Grover and Ximena Casas Tags: Gender Headlines Health Human Rights Population Source Type: news

Seeking sanctuary: violence against women in El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala - Obinna DN.
This article identifies the way spaces of violence operate within gendered hierarchies in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. As migration accelerates, gender-related differences become evident. Strong push factors underlined by patriarchal power systems... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 7, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Virus fear turns deportees into pariahs at home in Guatemala
Migrants returning from the United States were once considered heroes in Guatemala, where the money they send back to their hometowns is a mainstay of the economy (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - May 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news