Happy New Year everyone!
For many all over world, 2020 was a year of uncertainty and fear of the unknown. Even as we walk into this new year, there are still many problems our world is facing. From the COVID-19 pandemic to political unrest, there is still much work to be done. However, like many others around the globe, we are praying and believing that this year will be a different and a better year.
Last year, our organization’s theme for the year was Growth. Growth in outreach, community, and impact. We achieved this through the blog, social media and multiple events in 2020. We were able to showcase the importance of fighting the drug shortage in Guatemala and connect our supporters to the heart of the community. Through the blog and our social media, we dove into various specific health issues and conditions that Guatemalan children face and provided information on how these issues arise, progress, and are impacted by the poor availability of medications in Guatemala. To further emphasize our theme of growth, our organization went through a rebranding in 2020 and became the World Healthcare Equity Foundation. We expanded our work into the Caribbean country of Grenada and partnered with the local Grenadian organization, Proactive Nation Builders.
Our organization hopes that 2021 will be a year of intentionality. Intentionality is defined as “the fact of being deliberate or purposive“, it allows us to give attention to important issues, and it brings focus and clarity through action-oriented goals. This year, alongside our field work in Guatemala and Grenada, we want to be intentional about addressing healthcare issues and topics that are relevant to many around the globe. We want to raise awareness and provide intentional education on a wide range of topics within and surrounding healthcare inequity.
We aim to be intentional by looking at the impacts of colonization in countries like Grenada and Guatemala, and dive into how colonization has shaped current health care systems. We will be focusing on the root causes of health equities around the world and taking into consideration factors like war, systemic discrimination, and racism, while presenting both historic and current perspectives. By bridging these gaps in knowledge, we hope that you will gain a new understanding of how health inequities arise and take root over time. We hope to achieve this intentionality in awareness and education through a new blog series we are calling, History: A Determinant of Health.
We are excited for this new series and we hope by the end of it, we will all better understand the health inequities that many around the world encounter on a daily basis, why these health inequities exist, and how we can effectively and appropriately address them.
Together we can make an impact on the health of the nations and the generations to come.
The mission of WHEF is to increase accessibility to medications and supplies for healthcare facilities in Guatemala and Grenada. If you are interested in hearing more about the work we are doing, or in connecting with us, you can visit our website, check out our instagram or facebook, or sign up to receive our newletters. If you would like to support us in our work, please donate here.