WINGS/Asociación Alas de Guatemala, ONG
Asociación Alas de Guatemala (WINGS Guatemala) is a non-profit organization that provides quality reproductive health education and services to underserved, primarily rural Guatemalan youth, women, and men.
WINGS provides quality reproductive health education and services to underserved, primarily rural Guatemalan youth, women and men.
WINGS envisions a future where all Guatemalans thrive and are able to fully exercise their sexual and reproductive rights.
We offer a variety of contraceptive methods, including IUDs, implants, injections, birth control pills.
We place contraceptive methods and can provide cervical cancer screenings.
YOUTH PEER EDUCATION PROGRAM
Young women and men (ages 13 to 19) trained as Youth Leaders provide accurate reproductive health information and service referrals to their peers through community-based activities. Our evidence-based training curriculum uses an educational strategy that addresses gender and power in intimate relationships, with a focus on pregnancy prevention for adolescents.
VOLUNTEER PROMOTER NETWORK
One of WINGS’ longest-standing programs is our network of more than 30 Volunteer Health Promoters: community leaders identified within underserved rural areas to be a local point of service. Through their intimate linguistic and cultural knowledge of the communities they serve, they are able to provide quality contraceptive counseling, low-cost short-acting methods, and referrals to WINGS medical clinics for additional services.
REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH CLINICS
Our three mobile units which reach rural communities, as well as our three stationary clinics, provide long-acting reversible contraception, short-acting contraceptives, and rapid cervical cancer screening/treatment. We offer copper IUDs which provide up to 10 years of protection from unintended pregnancies and subdermal hormonal implants which provide 5 years of protection. We use visual inspection with acetic acid for immediate detection of cervical cell abnormalities and same-day treatment using cryotherapy for pre-cancerous cells that may lead to cervical cancer.
MOBILE SURGICAL CLINICS
Affordable, quality tubal ligations and vasectomies are performed by our Medical Director and contracted physicians at partner hospitals throughout the Departments in which we work. Pre and post-procedure care as well as follow-up in the days after is provided by our nurses.
Sexual and reproductive health. The high rate of unintended pregnancies, especially in rural women and adolescents, and high rate of cervical cancer cases.
Through our programs we have served more than 347,433 people since 2001. We estimate that we have prevented more than 335,544 unintended pregnancies, 1,855 infant deaths, and 116 maternal deaths.
Using the Marie Stopes International Impact2 tool we estimate the impact based on unintended pregnancies prevented, infant and maternal deaths prevented, unsafe abortions prevented; and with the Couple Year's of Protection index we estimate the # of CYPs provided annually.
Size and/or structure
We have grown to more than 70 employees and expect to continue our growth over the coming years.
We have grown to 16 departments as of 2022, and intend to have nationwide coverage by 2025.
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Have a national presence by 2025.
Continue working and strengthening in all areas of work.
Increase the impact with each new geographic expansion.