Indigenous Maya in the highlands of Guatemala suffer from disparities in health care, which especially impact children. More than 80% of children are chronically malnourished or stunted. There is a lack of access to quality pediatric health care. This project will provide preventative medical care services and treatment of stunting to 500 children under 5 years of age in Paquip, a Kaqchikel speaking town. Amounts raised over the target for Paquip will expand the program to adjoining towns
This project provides community-based screening of child growth, nutritional food supplementation with products like Incaparina and chispitas and the treatment of anemia, parasites, and other common conditions.
With early detection and treatment of stunting, children are given the chance to grow to their full potential. Treatment of stunting also positively impacts school performance and economic and work opportunities in adulthood.