Blending Maya Q'eqchi traditions with Western Medicine
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* Income Generation Projects
* Medical Clinic in Rural Guatemala
* Partnership with Q'eqchi Maya Womens Group
* Promotion of Western Medicine collaborations with local Mayan Traditions
* Promotion of health and well-being through organic fruit/vegetable farming and animal productivity
CHILA Inc. is short for Ch’ina Us Li Amaq’ink
(“Beautiful is Life” in Maya Q’eq’chi)
“Blending Q’eqchi Mayan Traditions with Western Medicine”
Part of our mission is to provide high-quality primary care, which is nearly completely absent in the region; Most people go to the pharmacy, describe their symptoms, and are prescribed as many doses of medication that they can afford at the moment.
The CHILA model includes:
Treatment of acute and chronic conditions including tropical disease
Education related to illness and based in prevention
Coordination of specialty care including lab work, imaging and surgical services
Counseling related to themes relevant to problems in the region such as self esteem, domestic violence and reproductive health.
All of our service are always provided in the native Maya Q’eqchi language of the region.
We also aim to strengthen and preserve Q’eqchi Mayan traditional medicine. There is an epidemic of sham homeopathic treatments, vitamin therapies and serums on which average Guatemalan families spend large portions of their already limited income. Ricardo, our herbal medicine partner, has a clinic where he provides consultation and remedies all made from local herbs he has been harvesting for over 40 years in the surrounding mountains.
Our partners, Q’ana’ Tz’uul Taq’a (The Women of the Hillside Spirit), a Q’eqhi Mayan womens group is proud, well organized and powerful in a community where women don’t traditionally work outside of the home. Their passion and projects include preserving traditional farming methods and diversifying crops, vaccination of home based animals, production of traditional medicines, organization of the Chisec Indigenous Market, land rights and obtaining land titles, and promoting natural and herbal Mayan traditional medicine. Our clinic shares grounds with Q’ana Tz’uul Taq’a’s (AQT) facilities.
We also strive to strengthen existing gover
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