Thanks to recent financial donations, Juana was able to receive much needed medication for her parasitic infection. The contaminated soil and water in Guatemala contributes to intestinal infections that are painful and persistent. The treatment is easily obtained, but our single mothers do not have available funds to medicate their children. Our facilitator, Roland, was able to take Juana and her mother to a local pharmacy and purchase medication for the family.
Our donors may wonder why we need to spend their donated dollars on fishing scales. Quite simply, it was at the request of our Guatemalan midwives that we assist in the rural northwestern regions. Without infant scales, the midwives have no way of knowing if the babies they follow post-birthing are getting appropriate nutrition. In an area that suffers from maternal malnutrition, this is an ongoing concern.
This simple and very portable scale will allow midwives to properly weigh blanket-wrapped infants.