More than 45,000 health workers lost their jobs this month in Guatemala. That is not a typo. Read that number again. The Health Ministry says it has run out of money and health workers complain that they haven’t been paid in months.
In a country with criminal levels of malnutrition and not-so-stellar infant mortality rates, getting rid of virtually all of the rural health workers is a great way to set the country back decades. Rural community health workers provide vaccines, medicines, and staff local health clinics.
In addition to the 40,000 health workers who lost their jobs, 5,000 doctors, nurses, and hospital administrative staff have lost their job. This is predicted to affect 4.7 million rural citizens in the country. Hopefully it gets resolved quickly and these people can get their jobs back as soon as possible.