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Malnutrition is still a huge problem in Chichicastenango and the surrounding area. For hundreds of years the Mayan Quiche Indians have believed that for the first two years of a baby's life they only needed to drink mother’s milk. It is a difficult process to change this way of thinking.

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These photos show two of the visitors to our Healthy Baby Clinic on Monday mornings, Maria, a healthy infant, and Tomas, who will need lots of care and support from ASELSI. During their last prenatal visit our pregnant mothers are given an appointment to return for a complete newborn assessment. The 15 - 20 days old babies are weighed, measured, and given a complete physical exam. We pray that each baby is healthy, but often we find malnutrition and developmental problems, like little Tomas. ASELSI offers care and support for him and for all of these babies.

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Chulumal I, Chichicastenango, Quiché

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