BANASA opens a new childbirth center to help Guatemalan families in the rural area
BANASA, in partnership with the University of Colorado, opened a new childbirth center, an addition to its existing Health Clinic located in Los Encuentros, Coatepeque. The center is specially designed for BANASA workers and their families, but is also open to the 12 neighboring communities that will now have access to affordable, safe and clean health services, pre-and post-natal care and adequate delivery facilities.
The new Childbirth Center opened on November 10, 2016 and is the most recent addition to the Human Development Center -HDC- which opened in March 2014. The HDC has a school for the children of BANASA workers, a Health Clinic, laboratory services, ultrasound and pharmacy, and maternal and child health programs. Scientific research by the University of Colorado is also conducted at the HDC to help to better understand health problems in the region and help create long-term solutions for community members.
The BANASA Health Clinic and Childbirth Center will provide care for mothers before, during and after giving birth and for the healthy development of children up to 3 years of age.
Pregnant women will be cared for by trained nurses from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Professional Midwives’ Program of the University of Colorado, and will also have the support of attending physicians.
“With the opening of the Childbirth Center we seek to improve maternal health and reduce child mortality in the area”, said Bernardo Roehrs, Corporate Director of BANASA.” Caring for the communities where we operate is another way for BANASA to operate responsibly.”