May 20th, 2022

Global Affairs Canada Invites Tula to Speak at Presentation to Canadian Development Community

Recognizing its ongoing leadership and innovation in Guatemala, TulaHealth was invited by Global Affairs Canada (GAC) to present the results and lessons learned from its co-financed Scaling-Up Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health in Guatemala project. On May 19, 2022, members of the Canadian development community were invited to attend the virtual presentation - titled Digital Transformation in Healthcare Programming - which included speakers from TulaHealth and the Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC)

Program Director, Dr. Christy Gombay, outlined TulaHealth’s 20-year history of working in digital health in Guatemala, which started with a Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) bilateral project with the Centre for Nursing Studies in St. John's, Newfoundland. Starting with distance education equipment to train local community health workers in rural and Indigenous communities, TulaHealth’s project has expanded to include the use of smartphones to support the delivery of culturally and linguistically appropriate health services by community health workers. Most recently, this includes emergency training and support for addressing the spread of COVID-19 in remote communities. Over the past 20 years, TulaHealth has continued to strengthen its partnerships with local organizations - including the Ministry of Health in Guatemala, UN agencies, USAID, and the World Bank. 

In recognition of TulaHealth’s continued innovation and success addressing complex community health issues, our partners at GAC have contributed an additional $1 million to support TulaHealth's continued efforts responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in Guatemala. TulaHealth appreciates the continued support of GAC and the Embassy of Canada to Guatemala.