Food Security Crisis in Guatemala Intensifies

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Acute-on-Chronic Food Insecurity in Guatemala The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) released a report this week predicting a food security crisis in Central America in early 2015 due to a prolonged drought. FEWS NET was created by USAID in the 1980s and provides analysis and early warnings on issues pertaining…

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Height and herencia in rural Guatemala, part 2: Fetal and newborn growth

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Blog originally posted at Global Health Hub! In a previous entry on this site, I argued that herencia (“inheritance”) cannot explain the extremely high rates of child stunting observed in rural Guatemala. Using archaeologic, epidemiologic, and anthropologic evidence, I concluded that Maya children in rural Guatemalan are short because of social pathologies, rather than their…

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Child Nutrition – After the First 1000 Days

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I’m certain that all readers on the site (Global Health Hub) have heard of the Thousand Days concept. This is the notion that children are especially vulnerable to the effects of malnutrition and illness from conception up until they reach two years of age and that interventions targeted…

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The Importance of Confianza in Guatemalan Health Care

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Photo by Rob Tinworth. In a paper published this month in the journal Social Science and Medicine, the medical anthropologist Nicole Berry examines the role of short-term medical missions in rural Guatemala. One North American aid worker interviewed says this:  I had helped to advise a primary health care clinic that had a…

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