In Guatemala, under the Salud Mesoamérica Initiative, MSH provided ongoing technical assistance to improve the quality of, access to, and use of health services at the primary and secondary levels of care for the poorest 20% of the population. This technical assistance focused on expanding essential obstetric and neonatal care, newborn and child health, family planning services, assuring quality in those services, monitoring and use of health information system data for decision-making, and results-based financing models.

USAID|PASCA LMG worked in Guatemala to provide technical assistance to groups and multi-sectoral mechanisms that contribute to the HIV response, including the National HIV Program of the Ministry of Health, which has a National HIV Program responsible for technical leadership for the response to the epidemic.

USAID|PASCA LMG contributed to the following key achievements in Guatemala:

  1. Advocacy that resulted in the Ministry of Health approving the Protocol on Sexual Violence to be applied to every person that suffers violence. Notably, Guatemala was the last country in the region to update its protocol to guarantee access to post-exposure prophylaxis.
  2. Civil society efforts to modify the National Government’s Procurement and Contracting Law to introduce new regulations that allow making advance payments for purchases of medicines through established mechanisms that reduce the cost of antiretroviral drugs.
  3. Dialogue that led to the Ministry of Health issuing guidelines on updating the antiretroviral procurement process.

Our Projects

Project Name Health Systems Health Areas Date
Strengthening Antenatal Care for Indigenous Women in Guatemala Women's, Children's, and Adolescents' Health Women's, Children's, and Adolescents' Health 2019 - 2020
Salud Mesoamérica Initiative
Leadership, Management & Governance May 07, 2013 - September 13, 2017
Program for Strengthening the Central American Response to HIV
Leadership, Management & Governance HIV & AIDS 2014 - 2017