“I hope my Anderson will grow well and he will get sick hardly ever in the coming years,” says the mother of Anderson, a 21-month-old baby from Guatemala. According to our medical partner Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK), “Anderson lives in a small adobe and wood house with his brother and parents. Anderson’s brother loves to play soccer with him and teach him how to kick the ball. Together they organize their toys and help their mom by cleaning up the trash around the house.”
Anderson is acutely malnourished. WK says, “He is frequently sick with diarrhea and fevers. Without intervention…he will be stunted both physically and mentally and will be at increased risk of the long-term effects of malnutrition. His mother wants to help in any way she can, but she told our staff that she currently does not feel she has the economic means or the education to do so.”
For $512, Anderson can receive treatment for his acute malnourishment. Children enrolled in WK’s recuperative nutrition program receive several months of intensive intervention, which includes an evaluation for thyroid disease, anemia, and intestinal infections and weekly monitoring visits to the home by doctors. Anderson will also receive food supplements to reintroduce essential micronutrients into his diet.
To prevent the issue from recurring, WK will enroll Anderson’s mother in an intensive nutrition course, teaching her how to provide healthy food within their family’s means. “Although Anderson’s family wants to provide him with all the tools necessary to live a healthy life, they are currently unsure how to do so and lack sufficient resources…The education will give Anderson’s mother the tools they need to continue providing nutrition to their child after treatment is complete,” says WK.
“This intervention will prevent Anderson for suffering from the long term effects of malnutrition. He will overcome his fever and will have the support needed to reach his full mental and physical potential, thus giving him the capacity to concentrate well and fulfill his mother’s wish of going far in school.”