A story may not be able to change the world, but it can inspire the world to change. Below you will find ways to support the communities highlighted in ABC News' Be the Change: Save a Life special. Make a difference today.
You can change the world. You can help save a life.
Guatemala has one of highest rates of child malnutrition in the world. Covid and climate change are adding to the problem. Working with community health workers, we combat child malnutrition in rural Maya communities during children's early years with education, monitoring, and treatment. This saves lives and offers better futures for the children spared from malnutrition and stunting, which are linked with higher risks of chronic diseases and diminished success in school and work.
Chronic malnutrition is the single biggest contributor to the deaths of children under 5 in Guatemala. 49.8% of Guatemalan children under 5 suffer from chronic malnutrition. Casa Jackson Center for Malnourished Infants provides in-house and out-patient care to hundreds of infants and young children each year, as well as family nutrition education and community outreach efforts. Guatemala has the first place in Latin America and the sixth in the world in child malnutrition.
For as little as $15 you can help UNFPA, the United Nations reproductive health and right agency, get 3 emergency birth kits, including a bar of soap, clear plastic sheet, razor blade, an umbilical cord tie, cloth and latex gloves into the hands of pregnant mothers and health care workers as they safely deliver babies in crisis situations.