In March 2016, news of the death of eleven‐month‐old Maycol David Morales Narvaes while en route to the hospital made international headlines and received strong responses on social media worldwide. Maycol had been suffering from diarrhea and died of severe malnutrition and pneumonia. Maycol's death was preventable and the direct outcome of inadequate public health services in Guatemala. Since the signing of Peace Accords in 1996, Guatemala's Ministry of Health (MOH) has engaged in efforts to extend health services coverage to the population. The country has also experienced an influx of non‐governmental organizations (NGOs) and the rapid expansion of private sector clinics, practitioners, and pharmaceutical industries. Yet, services remain uncoordinated, dependent on agendas of funders, and in the case of private fee‐for‐service clinics and practitioners, remain largely inaccessible to the majority of Guatemalans.A recent body of scholarship examines the organization and delivery of health care in postwar Guatemala and the interaction of indigenous Guatemalans with these institutions and services. Among this new scholarship are the collection of essays in Anita Chary and Peter Rohloff's Privatization and the New Medical Pluralism and Emily Yates‐Doerr's ethnography The Weight of Obesity: Hunger and Global Health in Postwar Guatemala.The collection of essays in
Journal of Latin American & Caribbean Anthropology – Wiley
Published: Jan 1, 2018
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