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MNCH: Indigenous Maya Maternal Health & Rights

  • Native Canadian Centre of Toronto 16 Spadina Road Toronto, ON, M5R 2S7 Canada (map)
Indigenous Maya Health and Rights Florentina Con

Indigenous Maya women and children are disproportionately affected by an underfunded Guatemalan health system with poor coverage in the country's rural, predominantly Indigenous communities. Traditional Indigenous Maya midwives known as comadronas steadfastly continue to help fill those gaps. Drawing from traditional knowledge and practices and from updated health training supported by projects like Horizons' Maternal, Newborn and Child Health: Transforming Indigenous Lives initiative, they help improve women and children's health - despite the challenges.

On June 20, join two visiting Indigenous Maya K'iche' and Kaqchikel women at the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto (NCCT) who will share the knowledge and experiences of comadronas, while recounting their struggle for the rights of not only traditional midwives, but all Indigenous Maya peoples too.

This exchange visit, along with the MNCH initiative, is possible thanks to a co-funding sharing agreement between the Government of Canada and Horizons.