Guatemala

Guatemalan National Science Center

Ministry of Health and Welfare Public MOH

6ta. Av 3-45 zona 11 PBX. 2444-7474

Dr. Erick Izquierdo -  Director
http://portal.mspas.gob.gt/index.php/en/

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Institute Profile

Guatemala’s public health institute, the National Center of Health Sciences (CNCS), opened its doors in February 2014 and will operate as a new branch of the Guatemala Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOHW). The new institute was conceived and developed by the MOHW with support from the U.S. CDC’s Guatemala country office. IANPHI will engage in the project as it moves forward.

The institute was founded with the vision of generating, regulating, and applying scientific knowledge to address public health challenges in Guatemala. The institute aims to strengthen the existing health system and promote multi-sectoral collaboration in order to increase the country’s capacity for addressing issues of national public health importance.

The new institute's divisions include epidemiology, public health research, health education, and management of new and ongoing health programs. By devoting resources to epidemiology and public health research, the CNCS will provide much-needed support for national disease surveillance, epidemiologic intelligence, and development, and will allow the Ministry of Health and Welfare to more effectively and efficiently prevent, diagnose, and treat disease.

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Guatamala Facts

POPULATION:

14,647,083

SIZE:

108,889 sq km

GDP (USD):

$81.51 billion

AVERAGE INCOME:

$5,300

LEADING CAUSES OF DEATH:

  • Influenza and Pneumonia
  • Violence
  • Coronary Heart Disease
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Other Injuries

INFANT MORTALITY:

23.51 deaths/1,000 live births

AVERAGE LIFE SPAN:

Male: 70  
Female: 74 

Source: WHO, World Bank, CDC