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CDC Works in Guatemala
map of Guatemala

CDC established the Central America Regional Office in Guatemala in 2005. It grew out of a field station created in El Salvador in the 1960s. This evolution required a shift from functioning in a single country with a focus on entomology and parasitology to a regional office that works in eight countries and aims to strengthen capacity to detect, prevent, and control disease and respond to public health threats.

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CDC office (physical presence)
10 U.S. Assignees
17 Locally Employed

iconGuatemala at a Glance

Population: 14,740,000
Per capita income: $4,570
Life expectancy at birth women/men: 74/67 yrs
Infant mortality rate: 30/1000 live births
Source: Population Reference Bureau World Population Data Sheet, 2011

iconTop 10 Causes of Death

  1. Lower Respiratory Infections 14%
  2. Interpersonal Violence 11%
  3. Cancer 11%
  4. Ischemic Heart Disease 8%
  5. Diabetes 5%
  6. Stroke 4%
  7. Cirrhosis 4%
  8. Chronic Kidney Disease 2%
  9. HIV 2%
  10. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease 2%

Source: GBD Compare (, 2010

What CDC Is Doing

Field epidemiologist in Central America
  • Improved capacity to accurately diagnose parasitic diseases
  • 71 field epidemiologists have graduated from GDD 2-year training program since 2006
  • Official accreditation of Masters Degree in Field Epidemiology granted by Universidad del Valle de Guatemala
  • Started Central American network for foodborne disease surveillance
  • Page last reviewed: November 25, 2013
  • Page last updated: November 25, 2013
  • Content source: Global Health
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