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Success! Juana from Guatemala raised $782 to fund malnutrition treatment.

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Fully funded
Juana's treatment was fully funded on August 4, 2017.

Photo of Juana post-operation

June 14, 2017

Juana received successful malnutrition treatment.

Since the start of her malnutrition treatment, Juana’s weight and height have increased, and she is projected to catch up in size to other children her age.

Juana’s mother says, “I am happy because I have seen the results of the efforts you all have made with my daughter. I am very grateful to the organization because you are helping us so much, and there is no other organization that does work like this. May God bless all of you.”

Since the start of her malnutrition treatment, Juana’s weight and height have increased, and she is projected to catch up in size to other c...

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February 15, 2017

Juana is a two-year-old girl from Guatemala. She lives with her parents and two older siblings. Juana’s father works in agriculture, and her mother is a homemaker. Juana is a sweet child who likes to play with her toy penguin and eat beans.

Recently, Juana was diagnosed with malnutrition. She has little energy to grow, and her immune system is weak and vulnerable to illness. She is also at risk of chronic disease and delayed development.

To improve her condition, Juana will begin treatment on February 20 at our medical partner’s care center, Clinic Tecpán. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, is asking for $762 to cover the cost of Juana’s nutritional supplements, physician’s fees, and an educational program that will teach her mother how to create nutrient-rich meals using limited resources.

“The thing we want most for our daughter is for her to be healthy always. That would be enough for us to be at peace,” say Juana’s parents.

Juana is a two-year-old girl from Guatemala. She lives with her parents and two older siblings. Juana's father works in agriculture, and her...

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Juana's Timeline

  • February 15, 2017

    Juana was submitted by Cate Hendren, Complex Care Coordinator at Wuqu’ Kawoq.

  • February 20, 2017

    Juana received treatment at Clinic Tecpán 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.

  • February 23, 2017

    Juana's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 14, 2017

    Juana's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 4, 2017

    Juana's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 22 donors

Funded by 22 donors

Acute Malnutrition
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $782 for Juana's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • 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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