Our Nutritional Recuperation Project supports chronically malnourished children and pregnant women by providing both medical interventions and health education, in turn improving family health and promoting healthy homes in the Palajunoj Valley.
The Project first launched in 2012, targeting 25 families with chronically malnourished children in the neediest communities of the valley. Our initial strategy focused on the immediate treatment and nutritional recovery of the youngest children, many of whom – if left untreated – would have suffered lasting medical consequences, such as stunted growth and reduced mental faculties. Alongside the nutritional therapies administered, the parents of the children were also given practical knowledge and tools to maintain healthy and hygienic homes, in order to help sustain their children’s health for years to come.
Over the course of a year, all project participants grew to normal sizes, reduced their rate of parasitic infection, and showed signs of improved hygiene. Due to the success of the 2012 project, Primeros Pasos expanded and focused project objectives in 2013 and 2014 to target even more pregnant women and children under two years old in some of the most remote and vulnerable communities within the Palajunoj Valley.
Our 2015 project has three main objectives:
- Nutritional Recuperation: We aim to treat and prevent malnutrition in the Palajunoj Valley through nutritional treatment and holistic care, in a way that will be sustainable past the project end date.
- Women’s Health Education: Through nutrition lectures, public health courses, and training workshops, we are working to educate and empower local women. Sharing knowledge in this way will ultimately enable families to benefit from an improved awareness and knowledge of healthy and affordable lifestyle choices.
- Fostering Leadership: After three years of successful programming, several women have arisen as vocal leaders for health education in their communities. In 2015, we have been working with these change-agents, to help build their self-confidence and to supply them with the requisite tools to make an impact in their families and communities.
This comprehensive intervention not only helps families fight chronic malnutrition, but also gives families an opportunity to lead healthy and productive lives.