Key messages for primary care practitioners

  • If the patient is new to the UK explain to them how the NHS operates and discuss how this compares to the healthcare system they've been used to.
  • Screen all new entrants (including children) from this country for TB.
  • There is a risk of chronic Chagas disease in migrants from this country. Primary care practitioners should be alert for possible cases and refer as appropriate.
  • Ensure all patients are up to date with the UK immunisation schedule.
  • Consider vitamin D deficiency in individuals who may be at risk as a result of their diet, skin colour or lack of sun exposure.


Key Facts

Guatemala map

Map courtesy of
U.S. Central Intelligence Agency

Country profiles

For a summary of key health indicators and health care please see

WHO Guatemala [external link]

For background information on the country, its government and its people please see

BBC Guatemala [external link]


World Factbook Guatemala [external link]


Spanish 60%, Amerindian languages 40% (23 officially recognized Amerindian languages, including Quiche, Cakchiquel, Kekchi, Mam, Garifuna, and Xinca)

See language interpretation


Roman Catholic, Protestant, indigenous Mayan beliefs


Migration to the UK

At the time of the 2001 Census there were almost 500 people from this country living in the UK.


*Source: World Factbook

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