Medical Teams International and Providence St. Joseph Health Working Together to Strengthen Health System in Guatemala

Medical Teams International is extending a multi-year partnership to strengthening the health system and community health programs in the Chicamán region of Guatemala with Providence St. Joseph Health, the second largest health system in the U.S.

Health workers in Guatemala receive training from Providence St. Joseph Health volunteers. (Photo courtesy Medical Teams International)

Providence St. Joseph Health will send teams of doctors and nurses to train Ministry of Health medical professionals at regional health facilities and health outposts. Additionally, lay worker volunteer teams will serve 12 indigenous communities’ in the rural highlands. These corporate volunteers will work side by side with community members to renovate clinics, work on water catchment projects and build latrines.

This multi-year partnership delivers life-saving health programs for thousands of vulnerable Guatemalan women and children–as well as life-changing experiences for Providence St. Joseph Health employees.

“It’s true what they say about our international service trips: They are life-changing,” said Rod Hochman, CEO of Providence St. Joseph Health. “They push you out of your comfort zone and make you grateful for every blessing in your life. They also force you to face the social inequalities of the world and make you realize that we can’t turn our backs on those in need wherever they are on our planet.”

Providence St. Joseph Health water team volunteers in Guatemala. (Photo courtesy Medical Teams International)

Medical Teams International has been working in Guatemala for over a decade, implementing programs to tackle chronic childhood illnesses, help pregnant mothers and make entire families healthier. Partnering with Providence St. Joseph Health ensures the program can extend its influence into unreached locations.

“The past six years have shown what we accomplish when we partner,” said Martha Holley Newsome, president and CEO of Medical Teams International. “Rates of pneumonia and other life-threatening diseases have dropped drastically. I am grateful for Providence St. Joseph’s partnership in Guatemala, where families and communities will be able to ensure mothers and babies survive and thrive in a very under-served area of the country.”

To learn more about how your employees could engage in meaningful volunteer service projects with Medical Teams, please contact Debra Hirsh, Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations