Meet Melisa, an eight-month-old girl from Guatemala. Melissa is the youngest of five children and is a curious child who loves to play, shares our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK).
Melisa is acutely malnourished. “Melisa has started to fall away from the growth curve and is losing weight,” shares WK. She has not yet started eating solid food and is still relying on breast milk and a corn-based drink for nutrients.
$512 funds a multifaceted intervention for Melisa. “This treatment will help get Melisa back on track. This treatment will supply her with the growth monitoring, supplementation, and medication for her to make a full recovery,” explains WK. “Her mother will receive intensive nutrition education thus building her confidence and ability to take care of Melisa and her siblings.”
WK continues, “Melisa will recoup the weight and height she has lost and her energy will improve. Intervention now will prevent the future devastating effects of malnutrition, and give Melisa the chance to live a healthy productive life.”
Melisa’s mother adds: “I want to learn how to give my children the right amount of food and how I can increase their health.”