Guatemala suffers from the highest rate of child malnutrition in the Western Hemisphere and the fourth highest in the world: almost half of Guatemalan children under the age of five are chronically malnourished. The Government of Guatemala recognizes that malnutrition is costly for their country not only in human terms, but also in economic terms. A study by the UN World Food Program and the Economic Commission on Latin America found that child malnutrition cost Guatemala over $3.1 billion in 2004, which translates in to 11.4% of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
Optimal nutrition during the first 1,000 days of life can have an enormous impact on a child’s ability to grow, learn and rise out of poverty. The health, stability and development of entire communities is built on this basic requirement.
Learn how government, the private sector, and civil society have partnered in Guatemala to reduce maternal and child malnutrition by implementing cost-effective actions that optimize nutrition in these vital first 1,000 days.
Exhibition and Symposium
April 7, 2014
9:00 am – 7:00 pm
Wolff Auditorium at Tufts Medical Center
Please feel free to download and distribute our invitation: WHD2014 Invitation
This event is being sponsored by Tufts University School of Medicine’s Public Health and Professional Degree Programs and PRESANCA II.