Alan is a ten-month-old boy from Guatemala who love to play with balls. He has been diagnosed with acute malnutrition. This means he has little energy to grow, and his immune system is weak and vulnerable to illness. He is also at risk of chronic disease and delayed development. Fortunately, Alan began malnutrition treatment on November 14, 2016.
Alan lives with his mother in rural Guatemala. His mother works washing clothes, but her income is small. While she wants the best for her son, her resources are already stretched thin. She cannot afford to pay for his $512 treatment.
While malnutrition can have devastating effects, it is also very treatable. Growth monitoring, micronutrients, and food supplementation will help Alan recover. He will gain weight and grow taller to catch up with other children his age, and his immune system will grow stronger. Community health workers will teach his mother about creating a nutrient-rich diet from limited resources. Treatment will give Alan a chance to grow healthy and strong.
Alan’s mother says, “I dream that when my son is big, he will be a doctor.”