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Success! Jonas from Guatemala raised $512 for nutritional therapy.

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Jonas's treatment was fully funded on December 31, 2015.

Photo of Jonas post-operation

March 28, 2016

Jonas received nutritional therapy.

“Jonas has been gaining weight and growing taller slowly but surely since beginning treatment,” reports his doctor at Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK). “Jonas had a little trouble right when he began treatment–he came down with a cough and fever, but our medical team was able to respond quickly and now he is healthy again.”

“His mother says that he cries less and eats more now, and is happy to see him finally developing,” continues WK. “His mother has been given intense nutrition education, which she has put into practice with Jonas, giving him a varied, healthy, and caloric diet, which in turn will help his immune system become stronger with time. With continued treatment, Jonas is on track to reach a healthy height and weight, and have normal development.”

“I appreciate the support that my son has received,” Jonas’ mother shares. “He is growing so much, I am very content.”

"Jonas has been gaining weight and growing taller slowly but surely since beginning treatment," reports his doctor at Wuqu' Kawoq (WK). "Jon...

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December 16, 2015

Meet Jonas, a 21-month-old baby from Guatemala. According to our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, “Jonas is the second child born into his family. He loves to play with toy cars and a little ball given to him by his brother.”

Jonas currently lives with acute malnutrition. He suffers from regular diarrhea and is not growing as well as the other children in his neighborhood. Wuqu’ Kawoq explains, “Jonas is far below both the average weight and height for his age. If intervention does not occur, his immune system will crash and he will be unable to ward off infections and illnesses. His mother is already stretched for money, and so if Jonas’s health continues to decline there is no doubt that she will have to make some extremely hard sacrifices to try and afford advanced healthcare or hospitalizations.”

For $512, Jonas can receive treatment for his malnourishment. Children enrolled in Wuqu’ Kawoq’s recuperative nutrition program receive about 1-4 months of intensive intervention, which includes an evaluation for thyroid disease, anemia, and intestinal infections, treatment of acute infections with antibiotics and weekly monitoring visits to the home by a nutritionist and case manager. An assessment of food insecurity, food to help bolster acute recovery and micronutrient supplementation are also provided.

According to Wuqu’ Kawoq, “Intervention now will prevent the future devastating effects of malnutrition, and give Jonas the chance to live a healthy productive life…His mother will receive intensive nutrition education thus building her confidence and ability to care for Jonas and his brother throughout their childhood.”

Jonas’s mother says, “I want my son, Jonas, to grow well and eventually go to school with his brother, Antony, and that they will love each other and care for each other.”

Meet Jonas, a 21-month-old baby from Guatemala. According to our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, “Jonas is the second child born into his fami...

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Jonas's Timeline

  • December 16, 2015

    Jonas was submitted by Katia Cnop, Watsi Account Volunteer at Wuqu’ Kawoq.

  • December 23, 2015

    Jonas 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.

  • December 31, 2015

    Jonas's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 31, 2015

    Jonas's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 28, 2016

    Jonas's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

Acute Malnutrition
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • 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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