"Asociación Para la Promoción de la Partería en Guatemala"
Is a non-profit (NGO) midwife cooperative association (co-op) created in Guatemala by Rotarians to support and assist trained midwives in the field by providing a sense of community for its members. Its members are the students and graduates of midwife schools in Guatemala.
-How the co-op supports its members-
Supported by a Global Grant by the Rotary Foundation, the co-op holds 2 training sessions each year. Students are selected from midwife schools, the sessions last 3 to 4 days and are held at a hotel. All expenses, including travel are covered.
The students attend various lectures and workshops training in the use of tools to aid in diagnosing potential problems that would put a pregnant woman at risk. They learn how to test for these problems utilizing diagnostic tools that the co-op provides. Items such as stethoscopes, blood pressure cuffs, hemoglobin meters, gloves and other disposables. The students are provided with these items to take home. Funds obtained by this website will support the mission of the co-op.
The graduate midwives have returned to their remote villages to begin their profession. Most do not have the financial resources to purchase the diagnostic tools they desperately need. The co-op will organize two 3-day weekends each year where the graduates will gather at a venue close by in Guatemala. These round-table discussions will include continuing education and discussions about their experiences in the field. The co-op will purchase and lend these items to the graduates to take home with them after the sessions. The co-op will pay for logging, meals, speaker, and compensate the midwives for their travel expenses. Funds provided by this website will support the co-op in this part of its mission.