Arévalo shared his government plan to reduce malnutrition in children

The plan includes improvements in drinking water, water and sanitation services, health, education, and support for agriculture.

by Pamela Contreras
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Guatemala City,  by Brenda Larios -AGN-. President Bernardo Arévalo reported during the first session of the National Commission for Food and Nutritional Security -Conasan- on the actions that his administration will promote to fight child malnutrition in the country.

According to the president, 50% of children under five years of age suffer from malnutrition, a complex and unacceptable situation that requires the support of all sectors of society.

Actions 

Arévalo highlighted that promoting drinking water coverage is among the actions to reduce malnutrition. The Government of Guatemala seeks to expand drinking water coverage from 88% to 95% at the national level and 100% in the coverage of educational centers.

He also said that his administration would generate investment in environmental sanitation and sewage to go from 46% to 85% in the country and to 100% in the coverage of schools. 

The plan aims to increase the coverage of water treatment from 49% to 80% and implement a massive employment program during the four months in which there is no agricultural production. 

As a result, families that depend on agriculture will have the essential resources to supply food at all times.

It will also provide microcredits and technical assistance to the communities that live in agriculture and encourage investment in housing through a program of cement floors, reparation of walls, and avoiding houses built precariously.

Authorities look for people to have access to water and sanitation services, comprehensive assistance in health, electricity, and essential services to live. 

The strategy 

The government strategy presented in the first session of Conasan prioritizes seven villages in the departments of Huehuetenango, Quiché, Totonicapán, and Chimaltenango to strengthen efforts against malnutrition. 

The strategy against malnutrition will focus on newborn to 5-year-old children and include the interinstitutional support of the Ministry of Public Health, Education, Social Development, Communications, Agriculture, and the Secretariat of Food and Nutritional Security. 

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