Meet Lucresia, a one-year-old girl from Guatemala. She is the youngest of three children, and her parents collect and sell wood to earn an income for the family.
Lucresia’s mother brought her to our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK), where she was diagnosed with acute malnutrition. WK informs us that Lucresia has become ill “due to insufficient food supply and lack of parental education.”
WK shares, “When Lucresia met with our nutrition team she had a fever, cough and was far below her ideal height and weight for her age.”
Lucresia’s mother does not have access to many nutrient filled foods for her children, and has not been educated about nutrition. “Her mother did not realize that Lucresia is not growing well because there are no other healthy children around for comparison,” WK shares. “Lucresia’s older siblings also suffer from malnutrition and as a result are also small.”
If untreated, Lucresia will grow to have “a weakened immune system, decreased physical and brain development, and increased risk of chronic diseases later in life.”
For $535, WK will provide Lucresia’s mother with intensive nutrition education, and will provide Lucresia with food, micronutrient supplementation, and growth monitoring that will help her gain back weight she has lost.
“She will receive medication to combat her fever and cough and eventually her immune system will strengthen,” WK adds. “We believe this little girl has a lot of potential if given adequate resources.”