The Government of Guatemala Will Work to Eradicate the Structural Causes of Malnutrition

The provision of access to electricity for all and the promotion of small community projects will be some of the implemented actions.

by Pamela Contreras

Guatemala City, by Brenda Larios -AGN-. President Bernardo Arévalo and Vice President Karin Herrera reported during a presentation to the American Chamber of Commerce -AmCham- on their government’s actions in foreign trade, attracting investment to the country and eliminating the structural causes of malnutrition.

The event was a remarkable platform to encourage constructive dialogue between Guatemalan and American leaders. 

Plan’s goals

Vice President Karin Herrera detailed the principal actions of their plan:

  • Eliminate the structural causes of malnutrition
  • Providing inputs for agricultural production
  • Prevent mortality through a special attention program due to acute malnutrition
  • Cement floor and wall plastering program
  • Expansion of drinking water coverage
  • Environmental sanitation and sewerage
  • Water treatment

In addition, this administration will seek to universalize access to electricity by promoting small community power generation projects.

Specific actions 

President Arévalo and Vice President Herrera included specific strategies in their government plan with the goal to eradicate the structural causes of malnutrition. 

Through the Project La Nueva Cosecha, the Arévalo and Herrera’s administration will seek to consolidate the fight against poverty and stunting in children under 5 years old, according to the Axis to Combat Malnutrition.

The Government will direct funds to investments in health, education, employment, housing, social assistance and protection, economic infrastructure development, funds for electric energy plans, access to technology, and job training.

The work program highlights the expansion of drinking water coverage from 88% to 95%.

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