Doctors of the Colorado University advise Banasa´s techniques.


Retalhuleu, Guatemala, March 2014. Doctors from the University of Colorado trained the technical staff of Banasa’s program “”Familias Felices”” and midwives from the area, on prevention of maternal and infant mortality, to help achieve the Millennium Development Goals.

Banasa’s technical team will replicate the training with mothers participating in the program “”Happy Families”” and conduct home visits for monitoring, control and registration of pregnant women, evaluation of care and weight and height control of children. These visits also seek to guide and advise mothers about danger signs and ensure proper implementation of the topics learned in the program, where one of the modules is focused on pre and post-natal care, early stimulation and child care.

Some of the topics taught to the mothers in the training were: danger signs in newborns and pregnant women, importance of breastfeeding and early stimulation. Midwives were trained on hemorrhages, complications during childbirth and neonatal breathing.

The methodology which consisted of meetings with technical staff, field visits, drills, practices and activities, plus the tools and implementation program were all provided by the University of Colorado.

Marina Alonso, Happy Families monitoring mother and midwife, says: “We thank Banasa for the training they have given us because we learned many new things when we help deliver a baby. We appreciate this effort to bring the doctors from Colorado because we have no opportunity for high-level training to improve our work with the women we care for. The Familias Felices program has helped us learn about health issues, hygiene, and values that we practice with our children, ourselves and our homes.”

The program of food and nutrition security, Happy Families, has been taught for several years, mainly to workers and the spouses of company employees.