Abner is a nine-month-old baby boy from Guatemala. He lives in a seven-person household and is his mother’s first child.
Abner is experiencing symptoms of malnutrition, a dangerous condition that results from consuming too few calories and nutrients. In the short term, this means that Abner has little energy to grow, and he also gets sick more often than other children. The long-term consequences of malnutrition include increased risk of chronic diseases and delayed development.
While malnutrition can have devastating effects, it is also very treatable. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, is asking for $492 to fund treatment for Abner. On March 30, Abner will begin routine growth monitoring and nutrient supplementation. Local health workers will also teach Abner’s mother about nutrition. These interventions will ensure Abner grows up strong and healthy.
Abner’s mother is excited to learn how to manage her son’s condition. She says, “I want to learn many things to be able to help my son grow in the best way.”