GUAMAP - Guatemala Acupuncture and Medical Aid Project
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Common Illnesses

Malnutrition and physical stress are leading causes of illness. Common ailments include:

  • respiratory problems
  • chronic muscular pain
  • fevers
  • joint and shoulder pains
  • migraines
  • stomach disorders
  • female distress
  • malaria
  • trauma of various kinds
  • symptoms of post traumatic stress

Traditional midwives, known as comadronas handle some 80% of childbirths and related women's conditions such as diarrhea and anemia. Typically they assist women in their communities with pregnancies, births, and aftercare. Poor nutrition is an underlying cause of pregnancy related illnesses and childhood deaths.

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