WINGS/Asociación Alas de Guatemala

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Charitable Organization
, Sacatepéquez
August 28, 2017 - 12:08pm
Antigua, Lake Atitlan + Chimaltenango, Pacific Coast, Quiche + Verapazes
Communications Department
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Education / Schools, Health / Medical, Women's Issues

WINGS provides quality reproductive health education and services to underserved, primarily rural Guatemalan youth, women and men.

WINGS envisions a future where all Guatemalans thrive and are able to fully exercise their sexual and reproductive rights.

WINGS addresses an urgent need for family planning and reproductive health services in Guatemala:
- Guatemala’s national fertility rate, at 4.2, is the highest in Latin America. Among the poorest fifth of the population, the average family has 8 children, compared to only 2.4 among the wealthiest fifth;
- Only a third of women of reproductive age use a modern method of birth control, while 28% report an unmet need for family planning;
- A Guatemalan woman is 67 times more likely to die during pregnancy or childbirth in her lifetime than a woman in the United States;
- At the current growth rate of 2.5%, the population is expected to double within the next 30 years, placing a strain on public resources and threatening some of the world's most bio-diverse and endangered ecological environments;
- Family planning is five times more cost-effective than conventional green technologies in reducing CO2 and curbing climate change.

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.

Working in predominantly rural, indigenous, and underserved provinces in Guatemala, we collaborate with local partners to implement the following activities:

Young women and men (ages 13 to 19) trained as Youth Leaders provide accurate reproductive health information and service referrals to their peers through community-based activities. Our evidence-based training curriculum uses an educational strategy that addresses gender and power in intimate relationships, with a focus on pregnancy prevention for adolescents.

One of WINGS’ longest-standing programs is our network of Volunteer Health Promoters: community leaders identified within underserved rural areas to be a local point of service. Through their intimate linguistic and cultural knowledge of the communities they serve, they are able to provide quality contraceptive counselling, low-cost short-acting methods, and referrals to WINGS medical clinics for additional services.

Our two mobile units which reach rural communities, as well as our stationary clinic in Antigua, provide long-acting reversible contraception, rapid cervical cancer screening, and treatment for the most commonly occurring STIs. We offer subdermal hormonal implants which provide 5 years of protection from unintended pregnancies and copper IUDs which provide up to 10 years of protection. We use visual inspection with acetic acid for immediate detection of cervical cell abnormalities and same-day treatment using cryotherapy for pre-cancerous cells that may lead to cervical cancer.

Affordable, quality tubal ligations and vasectomies are performed by our Medical Director and contracted physicians at partner hospitals in Alta Verapaz, Chimaltenango, Escuintla, Quiché, Retalhuleu, Sacatepéquez, Sololá, Suchitepéquez, and Totonicapán. Pre and post-procedure care as well as follow-up in the days after is provided by our nurses.

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Fui un joven que participo en el taller de metodos de planificacion en Tecpan hace 5 años y fue una experiencia grandiosa quisiera formar parte de esta organizacion para ayudar a mi guatemala y asi reducir el indice de enfermedades sexuales y embarazos prematuros en adolescentes.
Carlos Ivan 49619402


me gustaria ayudar de alguna manera para que mas niñas menores de edad no sigan teniendo bebes a su corta edad por falta de informacion. att. Claudia Pacheco


Este programa es muy importante para generar conciencia con las nuevas generaciones para logra informar a tantas personas que aun no conocen métodos de planificación familiar y orientarlos. espero poder formar parte del voluntariado, dejo mis datos. Jeffry Mendez 54284920


Buen dia de antemano los felicito por su apoyo a la gente mas nesecitada, dejeme contarle que nosotros tambien somos una asociacion dedicada al fortalecimeinto indigena sobre todo para aquellas familiar que vivien en extrema pobreza, quisiera saber si me pueden mandar los formularios para la solicitud de un protecto.


Fue un Gusto Haber trabajado en Tan Prestigiosa Asociación, Experiencias Inolvidables

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