Guatemala

Population: 13, 824, 463 (July 2011 est.)

GDP per capita (PPP): $5,000 (2011 est.)

Total expenditure on health per capita (Intl $, 2009): $337

Guatemala, in Central America, is a country with a unique variety of climates and landscapes. A large proportion of the Guatemalan population is indigenous (38%) and there are reportedly 22 indigenous languages although Spanish is the official language. Over 50% of the total population lives below the national poverty line; 15% live in extreme poverty.

In-Country Partner #1: Asociacion Creciendo con Diabetes

Life for a Child Support

Commenced: 2010

Type of support: Asociacion Creciendo con Diabetes works in collaboration with a paediatric endocrinologist at the Roosevelt Hospital, a large Government-funded hospital in Guatemala City. Life for a Child is supporting around 40 children and youth with type 1 diabetes who receive ongoing clinical care at the hospital with regular insulin supplies – kindly donated by Eli Lilly.

In-Country Partner #2: Hospital Roosevelt de Guatemala (Dr Raúl Velasco and colleagues)

Life for a Child Support

Commenced: June 2011

LFAC is supporting 50 of the most disadvantaged children and youth with diabetes receiving care through the Paediatric Endocrinology Department of the Roosevelt Hospital, a government-funded hospital in Guatemala City. Dr Velasco, Chief of Paediatric Endocrinology, began discussions with LFAC after learning of LFAC’s work with Asociacion Creciendo con Diabetes. HbA1c testing facilities (machine and cartridges), and blood glucose test strips for each child have been provided along with a range of Spanish diabetes education materials including 48 copies of The First Book for Understanding Diabetes (11th ed., Spanish version) by Dr H Peter Chase.