01 December 2020

In Guatemala, the search for cases of child malnutrition are hidden by the pandemic

Chancol, Guatemala, 15 October 2020 – Although Erick Samuel lives in the middle of a mountainous area two hours from the departmental capital and seven hours from the national capital city, reaching this young, 20-month-old boy is a matter of life and death. Erick Samuel is one of the many children suffering malnutrition in Huehuetenango, a…, Joining forces, The pandemic and isolation made accessing health services even more challenging for certain populations, added to the fact that many health professionals had to focus on the health crisis and leave other duties unattended. Hence, while the country was paralyzed by a curfew, UNICEF decided to join forces with the government in the active search of…, Looking to the future, To ensure that all of this information has a real impact in the community, the brigades seek to involve different actors, such as the local Community Council for Development - which brings together local leaders - the ministries of Public Health and Food, Agriculture, and Livestock, and the Secretariat of Food and Nutritional Security. The work is…, KEY FIGURES:, Thirteen brigades visited 13,433 children under the age of 5 in the department of Huehuetenango in Guatemala. In Guatemala, 1 in every 2 children suffers chronic malnutrition. So far in 2020, a total of 20,924 children under the age of five with acute malnutrition have been counted. 2019 statistics for the same period count 11,087 cases - nearly…