Perceptions of Healthcare in Rural Guatemala: The K'iche Story of Modern Medicine
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Among the K’iche Maya people of Momostenango, a rural city in highland Guatemala, the perceptions of healthcare are complicated, diverse, and very rarely investigated or assigned appropriate meaning. By interviewing both local medical professionals and Mayan priests in the summer of 2013, research was performed to see how these cultural perceptions affect the efficiency of healthcare in the region. By evaluating these interviews, it can be demonstrated that the K’iche people and modern medical professionals have many obstacles to overcome in order to achieve a unified healthcare system, which is both in line with the government’s recommendations and is culturally applicable. While these solutions could not be resolved within the limits of the research, it is my hope that the gathered research can be accumulated for future endeavors toward these goals.