Fundazucar trained 535 health professionals in COVID-19 prevention
and health promotion in 2021
Last year, 535 health professionals from the South of Guatemala were trained by the Sugar Foundation -Fundazucar-, in alliance with the Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance in methodologies for the prevention of COVID-19 and strategies for the promotion preventive health in diseases such as dengue, zika and chikungunya; as well as monitoring of pregnant women and women with children up to two years old in what is called the “window of a thousand days”.
The training covered the five departments on the South of Guatemala and included the promotion of preventive health in diseases transmitted by animals such as mosquitoes, spiders, flies, fleas, and lice, among others, these are called “vectors”.
They were also trained to develop technical skills to prevent the spread of COVID-19; this due to the pandemic we are facing worldwide.
Similarly, support for women and children was promoted in the so-called “Window of a thousand days” which, according to the Pan American Health Organization, covers health care and nutrition for mothers and children during pregnancy and up to two years of the child, with this it is sought that they have good feeding practices, through prioritizing breastfeeding, taking vitamins and minerals, and the treatment of acute malnutrition, among others.
In addition, Fundazucar supports the workers of 65 health posts and centers, with advice for the control and updating of the Situation Room, which means keeping community health statistics such as: control of vaccinations, child malnutrition, number of pregnant women, diseases local authorities, among others, this allows them to better focus their efforts.