The Network of Community Defenders for the Right to Health in Guatemala

By: CEGSS-Centro de Estudios para la Equidad y Gobernanza en los Sistemas de Salud

In Guatemala, almost half of the total population is indigenous and the majority live in rural areas. Despite progressive laws that recognize the right to health, rural populations face major barriers and discrimination to access healthcare services. Because of this situation, rural communities have organized themselves as “community defenders for the right to health.” This short documentary tells the story of the network of 160 community defenders who uses the legal framework, state institutions and civic mobilization to monitor healthcare facilities, engage with authorities in the resolution of problems and demand accountability.