Rosa is a 13-month-old little girl from rural Guatemala. She is her parents’ only child, and she likes to eat soup and play with her dolls. Rosa’s mother takes care of the home, and her father works as a toll collector.
Rosa has malnutrition, a dangerous condition that results from consuming too little protein, calories, and nutrients. Short-term consequences of malnutrition include little energy to grow and a weak immune system. Rosa has already been getting sick frequently with coughing, vomiting, and diarrhea. If Rosa does not receive treatment, she will also face malnutrition’s long-term consequences, such as increased risk of chronic diseases, low IQ, and a higher likelihood of dropping out of school.
Rosa’s mother shares that since Rosa is her first baby, she is not sure how best to feed her. She worries that her own lack of knowledge could be adversely affecting her daughter’s health.
While malnutrition can have devastating effects, it is also very treatable. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, has recommended malnutrition treatment, which is scheduled to start on April 17. In order to fund the treatment, Wuqu’ Kawoq has requested $492.
The treatment will include growth monitoring, micronutrients, and food supplementation. Rosa will gain weight and grow taller, and the increased caloric intake will help her immune system grow stronger. Community health workers will also teach Rosa’s mother how to create a nutrient-rich diet with limited resources.
“I am willing to change habits so my daughter can gain weight and increase her growth,” says Rosa’s mother.