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Fundación Carlos F. Novella and Alianza por la Nutrición Launch Initiative to Combat Chronic Malnutrition

Fundación Carlos F. Novella and Alianza por la Nutrición have launched an initiative to strengthen monitoring and evaluation projects in various vulnerable communities across the country, aiming to combat chronic malnutrition.

The signing of this agreement between the Carlos F. Novella Foundation and the Alianza por la Nutrición (Alliance for Nutrition) includes: defining impact indicators, project quality, and developing an initial baseline.

Furthermore, it aims to reduce and prevent chronic malnutrition in Guatemala by designing a monitoring and evaluation system.

It also seeks to support data collection and to organize, participate in, and strengthen the processes of exchanging practices and experiences.

A relentless struggle

In Guatemala, one out of every two children suffer from chronic malnutrition, a situation exacerbated in rural communities.

In some municipalities, up to seven out of every 10 children are in this situation. These children are more vulnerable to illness and learning problems.

According to data from the Secretaría de Seguridad Alimentaria y Nutricional -SESAN-, (Secretariat of Food and Nutritional Security (SESAN)), there are approximately 1.6 million children between the ages of zero and four, living in about 33,000 communities across the country experiencing this issue.

UNICEF statistics indicate that chronic child malnutrition is one of the most serious problems facing the country in the short, medium, and long term.

In the UNICEF State of the World’s Children report for 2019, Guatemala ranks sixth worldwide for chronic malnutrition.

Addressing it requires sustainable action measures to ensure the development of Guatemalan children.

The Carlos F. Novella Foundation collaborates with various institutions to address the issue and provide comprehensive care models.

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