The first 1,000 days in a child’s life represent a window of opportunities to ensure a better a future for them, anemia represents an obstacle for children to reach their full development. Anemia is the deficiency of iron in the blood and when left untreated can lead to permanently affecting a child’s brain function, impact their intellectual performance causing difficulty in learning, it lowers their energy level and affects their interactions with other people.
In El Salvador 42% of children from 6 to 24 months have anemia. The objective of “Guaymango Anemia Free” is to eradicate this condition in all children under 5 years of age in the municipality of Guaymango. This is a rural municipality located in the department Ahuachapán of El Salvador and is classified as a municipality with extreme severe poverty.
We have already reduced the percentage of anemia from 45% to 15% but there is still work to be done and children that need us. It is through the invaluable support of people committed to the development of children in Latin America that thousands will receive nutritional care to overcome anemia; iron supplements and education on healthy eating practices for them and their families.
Initially we will carry out a screening to all children under 5 in the municipality and those who have anemia will be treated with a 3 month treatment of iron combined with education sessions on how to prepare foods with high iron content and Vitamin C to increase the absorption of the iron. This treatment is given by a doctor and the sessions are given by a nutritionist, both activities take place once a month in an accessible community venue.
We want all the children in Guaymango to have more and better opportunities so that they can enjoy a fulfilled life.
Why it matters?
We are convinced that investing in the equation of more nutrition plus better education plus higher income will equal less poverty. Proper child nutrition and development has the ability to influence the economic and social prosperity of a country.
According to the official national survey, in El Salvador 50.2% of rural households live in poverty and at a national level 42% of children from 6 to 24 months have anemia. This data presents a need to invest in children so that they can reach their full potential and become productive men and women who contribute to the overall development of the country; helping children overcome the condition of anemia gives them this opportunity. Anemia is the deficiency of iron in the blood and when left untreated can lead to permanently affecting a child’s brain function, impact their intellectual performance causing difficulty in learning, it lowers their energy level and affects their interactions with other people.
Guaymango is categorized as municipality with extreme severe poverty according to the National Poverty Map; by diagnosing and treating children, who otherwise would not have this opportunity we are changing thousands of lives. We measure the progress and results by doing an initial screening for anemia if the child results positive then treatment is given for three month, after we perform the test again to ensure that the child is anemia free.
How will the funds be used?
Through your donations we will purchase the materials and supplements needed to diagnose and treat children who have anemia in Guaymango. These include: blood lancet, hemocue materials, cotton or wipes with alcohol, iron supplements, doctor and nutritionist. If we do not reach our goal of $5,000, the funds that are raised will be used to purchase materials to treat as many children as possible of the Guaymango Anemia Free project.
By donating $25.00 or more you will receive a digital postcard.
You can also help us by sharing the campaign through social media to raise awareness of the issue and how we are working to overcome it.
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