Gladis is a two-month-old baby girl living with her family in the rural highlands of Guatemala.
Gladis’s mother has been unable to produce enough breast milk for her, and has resorted to feeding her warm sugar water to fill Gladis up. This limited diet is insufficient and has dangerous implications for Gladis’s health. Lactation failure can lead to starvation, dehydration, and electrolyte imbalances that cause seizures. Brain development during this period is particularly sensitive and continued malnourishment could put Gladis at risk for long-term damage.
Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, is requesting $1,162 to fund Gladis’s treatment, which will begin on June 22. Gladis will receive formula, micronutrients, and food supplementation, as well as regular growth monitoring. Community health workers will also teach her mother how to create a nutrient rich diet using limited resources. Hopefully Gladis’s continued treatment will allow her to gain weight, strengthen her immune system, and catch up with other children her age.
Gladis´s mother says, “Thank you for the support we will get. Thank you to the donors for helping children in Guatemala, especially for helping Gladis. With the help of the program, I will see my child grow little by little.”