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Started: March 2016

MCSP Guatemala is a three-year project to reduce maternal and newborn mortality and rates of chronic malnutrition in five departments of the Western Highlands region of Guatemala:

  • San Marcos,
  • Quiché,
  • Huehuetenango,
  • Totonicapán, and
  • Quetzaltenango.

The Program works closely with the Government of Guatemala, providing technical assistance to the Ministry of Health (MOH) at the central and local levels to increase their capacity. Additionally, MCSP is strengthening MOH-supported interventions for reducing chronic malnutrition and maternal, neonatal, and child mortality and morbidity in 30 municipalities in the Western Highlands.

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Country Data

MCSP analyzed coverage disparities across RMNCH indicators for MCSP program countries. Click below for country-specific data.

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Select Health and Demographic Data for Guatemala
GDP per capita (USD) 3,903.5
Total Population 16,342,897
Maternal Health
Maternal Mortality Ratio (deaths/100,000 live births) 88
Skilled birth attendant coverage 66%
Antenatal care, 4+ visits 86%
Newborn Health
Neonatal mortality rate (deaths/1,000 live births) 13
Infant mortality rate (deaths/1,000 live births) 24
Child Health
Under-five mortality (deaths per 1,000 live births) 29
Under-five mortality due to acute respiratory infection 7%
Children with ARI symptoms seen by medical professional 50%
Diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus vaccine coverage (3 doses) 74%
Percent of districts with >80% DPT3 coverage 60%
Family Planning
Modern contraceptive prevalence rate 54.1%
Total fertility rate 3.2
HIV prevalence, adult 0.6%
ART coverage 30%
Health Systems
Density of physicians (per 1,000 population) 0.932
Density of nurses & midwives (per 1,000 population) 0.897
Total Health Expenditure per capita (USD) 233
Sources: All data are from the World Health Organization, World Bank, and United Nations Children’s Fund.
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