European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations
Meet the rural women of Guatemala: lifesaving health promoters
“We now know that healthy habits make the difference between having a strong and healthy community or continuing to take our babies to the hospital,'' says Gladis Gómez, the President of a rural health committee funded by the EU and trained by the Guatemalan Red Cross.
In Guatemala, where more than 50% the population live below the poverty line, these committees, mostly led by rural women, play a big role in sharing reliable health information with their local communities.
The EU works with the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) in 24 countries across the world to guarantee that local health committees receive quality training to support their communities.
Thanks to this Programmatic Partnership, IFRC, member National Societies, and the EU support communities worldwide in reducing their risks and being better prepared for disasters and health emergencies.