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Success! Jonathan from Guatemala raised $512 for malnutrition treatment.

Jonathan
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Jonathan's treatment was fully funded on October 11, 2016.

Photo of Jonathan post-operation

January 12, 2017

Jonathan received successful malnutrition treatment.

Since beginning treatment, Jonathan has been slowly but surely growing taller and gaining weight. His mother says the nutrition classes are helping her learn how to provide a balanced diet. These days, Jonathan especially enjoys playing with his teddy bear.

“I’m thankful for the program,” says Jonathan’s mother, “for the help I am receiving for my son.”

Since beginning treatment, Jonathan has been slowly but surely growing taller and gaining weight. His mother says the nutrition classes are ...

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August 19, 2016

Jonathan is a 16-month-old boy, and the second child in his family. He lives with his family a one-room cinderblock house in Guatemala. His father works as an assistant bricklayer, and his mother works at home taking care of him and his siblings, as well as cooking and cleaning. Although they both want nothing but the best for their son, with only a couple dollars per day to live on, they cannot afford to give him even one egg, fruit, or vegetable per day.

As a result, Jonathan is suffering from malnutrition. This is because his parents cannot afford to give him a healthy diet, which means his body lacks the calories, nutrients, and protein it needs to grow and be healthy. His mother says that he is almost always sick and never has an appetite. If he does not receive treatment, Jonathan could face the consequences of malnutrition for the rest of his life—he could have a low IQ, trouble focusing in school, and a greater risk of developing chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension as an adult.

Growth monitoring, micronutrient and food supplementation, and deworming medication will help Jonathan recover from malnutrition. He will gain weight and grow taller to catch up with other children his age. His immune system will grow stronger with the increased caloric intake. This will further increase his appetite and help him use the extra calories to gain motor skills and learn new words instead of those calories being wasted on getting over frequent illnesses.

Jonathan’s mother will also receive the support she need to feel empowered to give Jonathan the diet he needs to grow and develop healthily, even with limited resources. Intervention now will give Jonathan the chance to live a healthy and productive life and escape the cycle of malnutrition and poverty that made him sick in the first place.

Jonathan is a 16-month-old boy, and the second child in his family. He lives with his family a one-room cinderblock house in Guatemala. His ...

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Jonathan's Timeline

  • August 19, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Jonathan was submitted by Jessica Hawkins at Wuqu’ Kawoq.

  • August 19, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Jonathan received treatment at Clinic Panajachel in Guatemala. Medical partners often provide care to patients accepted by Watsi before those patients are fully funded, operating under the guarantee that the cost of care will be paid for by donors.

  • September 8, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Jonathan's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 11, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Jonathan's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 12, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Jonathan's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

Treatment
Acute Malnutrition
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $512 for Jonathan's treatment
Hospital Fees
$0
Medical Staff
$94
Medication
$152
Supplies
$0
Travel
$87
Other
$179
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

Children generally face stunted physical growth, delayed mental and motor development, low appetite, and frequent illness. Malnourished children have weakened immune systems that put them at risk of diarrhea, fevers, and respiratory illnesses. This treatment treats growth failure in small children usually under 2 years of age. The most common form of growth failure in children in Guatemala is called stunting. This is a form of malnutrition where weight is relatively normal but height is severely reduced.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

Stunting has major effects on the developing brain. Stunted children have low IQ and they don’t make major developmental milestones. These effects persist into adulthood, where they impact schooling and economic potential. Furthermore, stunting contributes to the development of serious adult illness like diabetes, heart disease, and obesity.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

Indigenous Guatemalans are one of the most marginalized and vulnerable populations in the world. They live in rural areas and suffer from high rates of food insecurity. The poorest indigenous Guatemalan villages have the highest rates of stunting in the world.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

Children enrolled in our recuperative nutrition program receive about 1-4 months of intensive intervention, depending on the severity of the case. All of this care is delivered in the home in a personalized fashion. Most require a basic laboratory evaluation to look for thyroid disease, anemia, and intestinal infections. Acute infections are rapidly treated with antibiotics. Then a specialized case manager and nutritionist make weekly or every other week educational and health monitoring visits to the home. An assessment of food insecurity is conducted using standardized instruments and food is often provided to help bolster acute recovery. Micronutrient supplementation is provided.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

This treatment saves brains. Appetite and growth and developmental milestones recover, and height begins to rise once again. The immediate outcome is improved overall child health, including reduced vulnerability to severe infections. The long term outlook is improved cognitive potential, school completion, and economic prospects. Nearly 100% of children will experience improve appetite, energy, and development. At least 75% of children will have noticeable improvement in growth parameters. The effects of the intervention extend to other children in the home; since the approach is highly educational, parents learn how to care for other children and prevent this from occurring subsequently.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

This condition is treatable, and no risks for treatment exists.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

Treatment for malnutrition is incredibly inaccessible in Guatemala. Populations are rural and don’t have access to intensive nutritional intervention and education. Public sector approaches are too low intensity to make a difference for these children.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

There are no real alternatives to our program. Many organizations and governmental entities provide basic preventative care, but once a child is already malnourished these approaches are no longer effective. Most children fail prevention and therefore need our help.

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