Guatemala - Sexual violence


After closing our last projects in 2012, MSF returned in 2020 to respond to COVID-19.

Our activities in 2020 in Guatemala

Data and information from the International Activity Report 2020. 

MSF in Guatemala in 2020 COVID-19 seriously affected general healthcare provision in Guatemala, due to a lack of medical staff and testing equipment.
Map of MSF activities in 2020 in Guatemala

In March, MSF started to assist with the COVID-19 response in the town of La Gomera, in Escuintla department. After assessing the needs, we scaled up health promotion and mental health support to the Escuintla Ministry of Health, which only had three psychologists for the whole department.

We set up a mental health helpline to provide psychological support for health workers. These mental health activities were among the very few in the country aimed at reducing the effects of stress and anxiety produced by COVID-19.

We also assisted the local Ministry of Health with logistics for respiratory triage in La Gomera general healthcare clinic. This enabled the clinic to detect cases of COVID-19 among the local community and ensure patients received adequate medical care. In addition, we enlisted the help of people in the community to distribute health promotion materials with information about the virus and how to prevent its spread, as well as advice on protecting mental health, across the whole department.



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