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

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Gleymi's treatment was fully funded on October 18, 2016.

Photo of Gleymi post-operation

January 12, 2017

Gleymi received successful malnutrition treatment.

Gleymi has been steadily growing bigger and taller since she began to receive food supplements, growth monitoring, vitamins, and deworming medication. Her mother says that her daughter now has more energy. She is grateful to have learned about the diet her daughter needs to grow and develop healthily.

“I am happy to have seen my daughter grow since she started in this program,” says Gleymi’s mother. “Now she is growing well.”

Gleymi has been steadily growing bigger and taller since she began to receive food supplements, growth monitoring, vitamins, and deworming m...

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August 15, 2016

“I dream that my daughter grows well and studies to become a secretary,” shares the mother of 16-month-old Gleymi.

Gleymi lives with her mother, father, and two siblings in Guatemala. She loves to play with her toy tea set, listen to music on the radio, and dance. Her father works as a day laborer, often making only one or two dollars per day, and her mother works at home, cooking and cleaning for the family.

Gleymi is suffering from malnutrition, meaning that she is far below a healthy size for her age. Her mother is worried because she is not growing as well as the other kids in their neighborhood. Since they do not have their own land to cultivate, buying fruits and vegetables is a luxury Gleymi’s family cannot afford. Thus, she does not receive the nutrients she needs to grow and develop.

A weakened immune system is one of the symptoms of malnutrition, leaving the child more prone to diarrhea, severe coughs, and fevers, which can reducing their appetite and cause dehydration. If left untreated, the negative effects of malnutrition could affect Gleymi for the rest of her life - she could have a higher risk of chronic disease, have a hard time focusing and doing well in school, and be less likely to have a well-paying job as an adult.

Gleymi will receive growth monitoring, food supplements, and deworming medication which will help her grow, develop healthily and overcome malnutrition. Her parents will receive motivational nutrition education so they can learn how to best feed Gleymi, even with the little resources they have. This treatment, which includes supplements, nutritional consultations, and food, costs $512 and will be administered by Watsi’s medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation. If she receives immediate treatment, Gleymi will have a more successful and healthy future.

"I dream that my daughter grows well and studies to become a secretary," shares the mother of 16-month-old Gleymi. Gleymi lives with her ...

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Gleymi's Timeline

  • August 15, 2016

    Gleymi was submitted by Jessica Hawkins at Wuqu’ Kawoq.

  • August 15, 2016

    Gleymi 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 9, 2016

    Gleymi's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 18, 2016

    Gleymi's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 12, 2017

    Gleymi's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 12 donors

Funded by 12 donors

Acute Malnutrition
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $512 for Gleymi's treatment
Hospital Fees
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  • 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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