Mother and Child Health Initiative

Our Mother and Child Health Initiative is a long-term program that aims to reduce the staggeringly high prevalence of chronic childhood malnutrition in the indigenous lake communities, which currently sits at 53%. By targeting the first five years of a child’s life, the Mother and Child Health Initiative focuses on a period of crucial physical and cognitive development.

In the first part the intervention we prioritize the first 1,000 days of life, our window of opportunity to prevent chronic malnutrition. During this phase, we provide mothers and their children with vitamins and antiparasitic medication, food support, and monthly educational workshops on nutrition and hygiene. In the second part of the program, once the children reach age 2-3, they are offered a spot in one of our Mayan Families Preschool Nutrition Centers. This ensures access to education and nutritious meals as well as a yearly medical checkup, lab work, and necessary medications for each child in the program. Through Mother and Child Health Initiative we support families in taking control of their child's development and future, and give them the tools and knowledge they need to fight malnutrition in their communities.

If you have any questions or would like to support this program, please reach out to our medical coordinator at


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