Guatemalan Government Prioritized Comprehensive Care for Older Citizens

During President Alejandro Giammattei's four-year term, the government prioritized actions to improve the quality of life of the Guatemalan population.

by Victor Cojulún
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Guatemala City, by Yuliza Muñoz -AGN- The Economic Contribution Program for Older Adults -PAM- was established in 2005 as a state strategy to support individuals over 65. During its four-year term, President Alejandro Giammattei’s administration prioritized actions to provide a better quality of life for these Guatemalans who dedicated their youth to their families’ well-being.

One of the major advances under President Giammattei’s leadership was ensuring that 244,108 elderly individuals benefited from this initiative. This figure reflects the efforts of the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare -Mintrab- team.

Through PAM, older adults living in vulnerable conditions and receiving no other form of pension receive a monthly grant of GTQ 500 Quetzales in compliance with Article 6218.

Beneficiaries must present their personal identification document at Banrural bank branches or rural cashiers to receive the grant.

Coverage

Due to the increase in the program’s beneficiaries, President Alejandro Giammattei has visited all 22 country departments. These efforts resulted in 49,900 new PAM affiliates in the first half of 2023 alone.

During these visits, authorities carried out medical campaigns for the beneficiaries in coordination with the Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance -MSPAS-.

During these health campaigns, the PAM beneficiaries receive medical assistance for hypertension, diabetes, comprehensive care, and other emergencies.

These medical units were part of the ceremonies where more citizens received the PAM economic contribution. These inter-institutional efforts provide support and health services to the most vulnerable older Guatemalans.

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