School activity in Guatemala continues in hybrid mode, i.e. students do not attend school every day due to the incidence of covid and the provisions to maintain measures such as distancing. Masks are not mandatory except in hospitals, public transport and some enclosed spaces.
Our teams adapted to this circumstance to carry out in several phases the nutritional controls of children in 4 Mayan Q’eqchi communities where school canteens are already operating. When taking height and weight measurements, in addition to providing us with data on the student’s condition, we take advantage of the opportunity to dispense deworming medication against anemia and also to prevent other pathologies that can cause death in children under 5 years of age.
We also raise awareness among teachers and mothers about diseases transmitted by houseflies, which cause typhoid, cholera, bacillary dysentery and diarrhea.
Complementing these actions, and with the aim of continuing to combat child malnutrition in the communities where we work, we continue to deliver highly nutritious food for 493 girls and boys, students of the schools of Nueva Cadenita, San Francisco Mollejón, El Caoba and Colonia Lourdes, in the Petén (northeastern part of the country).
Image: Administering deworming medication to schoolchildren in San Francisco Mollejón, Guatemala (Global Humanitaria).