Working with trusted community health workers, we combat child malnutrition through education, early detection, and treatment in indigenous communities in rural Guatemala. These efforts not only save lives but also offer the promise of better futures for the children spared from malnutrition and stunting, which is linked with a higher risk of respiratory, digestive, and chronic diseases, and diminished success in school and work. Our comprehensive program focuses on the first 1,000 days of life.
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. The COVID pandemic has magnified these problems. This project will provide preventative medical care services to treat and prevent stunting for 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.
This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Excel file (projdoc.xls).
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