an initiative by World Help to provide life-saving treatment for thousands of children battling the effects of malnutrition
One in two children, under the age of 5, suffers from malnutrition in Guatemala. In rural areas, 80 percent of children suffer from chronic malnutrition. Most malnutrition is caused by water-borne illnesses.
Operation Baby Rescue is an initiative that provides life-saving treatment to thousands of children battling the effects of malnutrition in impoverished communities.
While each child's story and needs are different, most rescues require similar resources to save lives.
Rescuing the child: Many of these children live in the remote mountainous regions of Guatemala. Rescuers can travel up to six hours each way over rough and rocky terrain to reach children in need.
Treatment at the Baby Rescue Center: The average stay for a child is two weeks.
Hospital visit/stay: Some of the children require additional attention that the Baby Rescue Center cannot provide.
Housing and care for additional family members: Many families accompany their children to the Baby Rescue Center and need a place to stay while their children are being treated.
Food and cothing supplies: These are often sent back with the family once the children are nursed back to health.