Women Health Clinics

From the perspective of rights-based conservation, in the conservation coast we believe that people – and especially women and young girls – must achieve their sexual and reproductive rights as basic human rights, to be able to empower themselves and be fully responsible for their future. In the medium and long term period, the strengthening of these rights will have a positive effect for environmental protection and conservation of natural resources. Additionally, healthy and empowered rural women will play a more leading role in the promotion of environmental sustainability of their communities.

The innovative model developed by FUNDAECO breaks with the traditional barriers between sectors (women-health-environment) and integrates previously separate perspectives:
– It ensures the provision of Sexual and Health Services to women from isolated communities within the protected areas; it applies modern techniques for health care combined with traditional indigenous knowledge;
– It empowers and supports midwives and binds them to public health services; also ensuring the sustainability of clinics through community self-management and the collection of minimum rates for services, gradually creating a demand for services in Sexual and reproductive health, with cultural relevance and gender focus.

Using the existing network of “Women´s Clinics” as “safe spaces” for reflection and dialogue, FUNDAECO will promote access to sexual education with focus on gender and cultural relevance to youth and adolescents in rural communities, fostering new leaderships and an integral education for sustainable development.

The reduction of teenage pregnancies, the support to the education of rural girls, the empowerment and the creation of young leaderships will contribute in the medium and long term period to the conservation of biodiversity, the reduction of extreme poverty and to the sustainable development of communities in protected areas of Guatemala.

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