In 2011, our center and Children’s Hospital Colorado entered into an agreement with the Guatemalan Foundation, created by the owners of AgroAmerica, to create the Trifinio Center for Human Development. Our goal is to improve the lives of the children and families of the employees working in the banana and palm oil plantations run by AgroAmerica, as well as people living in the surrounding communities.
These are impoverished communities with high rates of maternal illiteracy, food insecurity, maternal depression, child malnutrition, and child developmental delay. There is a lack of clean drinking water, inadequate sanitation, and limited access to medical care for women, mothers and children. As a result, these communities have high rates of maternal mortality and morbidity and neonatal mortality.
After ongoing strategic planning and community engagement, we created a birthing center, family medical clinic, dental clinic, pharmacy, and a community-based program for mothers and children—“Creciendo Sanos: madres y ninos” (Growing up healthy for mothers and children). With these initiatives, we aim to provide excellent patient care that meets the standards of United States medical practices in rural Guatemala.