Crecer Sano: Health Personnel Equipped with 485 Motorcycles to Bring Medical Services to Remote Communities

The motorcycles were distributed in Huehuetenango, San Marcos, Quiché, Totonicapán, and Chiquimula.

by Victor Cojulún
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Guatemala City, by Yuliza Muñoz -AGN- The Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance -MSPAS- reported that thanks to the 485 motorcycles provided through the Crecer Sano program, it is possible to bring health services closer to the most remote and hard-to-reach communities.

This initiative allowed for the delivery of motorcycles in Huehuetenango, San Marcos, Quiché, Totonicapán, and Chiquimula.

The vehicles were used to strengthen first-level assistance, as they were assigned to 250 Health posts and 235 community centers.

Services

According to MSPAS, these vehicles allow health personnel to carry out vaccination campaigns, monitor weight and height, visit women who have given birth recently, or respond to emergencies.

Health personnel will be able to attend to Guatemalans and monitor the situation of children in different regions of the country to prevent and eradicate cases of malnutrition.

Vehicles

Last year, the World Bank supported the delivery of vehicles to the institutions that make up the Crecer Sano program. MSPAS received 30 pickup trucks equipped with campers, 11 double-cabin pickup trucks were delivered to the Ministry of Social Development -Mides-, and the Secretariat of Food and Nutritional Security -Sesan- received 14 double-cabin pickup trucks and two minibusses. Two additional pickup trucks were allocated for the project’s implementation unit. 

Also, MSPAS received 390 motorcycles, Mides received 268, and Sesan received 139, totaling 797 of these vehicles. 

Initiative

The Crecer Sano program is a project of the Government of Guatemala to reduce risk factors for chronic malnutrition, focusing on the first thousand days of life.

Various institutions collaborate in developing strategies to reach communities, strengthen primary-level health care, and promote good practices and behaviors that result in healthy children.

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