| Mar 13, 2023
Finding New Ways to Fight Malnutrition
Dr. Gabriela and local children (Panabajal,Tecpan)
We are thrilled to share the news that our Research Fellow Dr. Gabriela Montenegro is one of seven talented scientists honored with the 2023 OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Award for Early-Career Women Scientists in the Developing World! What a great way to celebrate International Women's Day!
Among other things, Dr. Montenegro, a nutrition expert, leads our work investigating the impact of daily egg consumption on infant growth and development in rural Guatemala. The Saqmolo’ Project (named for the word “egg” in the Mayan language of Kaqchikel) is looking at whether children who receive an egg each day in their diets in addition to other recommended nutritional supplements fare significantly better in growth and development. Work like this helps the government and organizations like ours understand what works best in the fight against malnutrition.
After studying in Guatemala, the US, the Netherlands, and Germany, Dr. Montenegro returned to Guatemala to realize her dream of working as a researcher focused on community health in her home country. She is excited to have the opportunity to foster collaborative, science-based research to shift policies and create effective practices to improve health outcomes.
“We are one Guatemala, and we have to work together for changes, make our contributions as citizens,” she said. “We at Wuqu’ Kawoq are committed to doing this.”
Team member Vilma Boron and Dra. Gabriela