- June 20, 2017
- Sight and Life
I will never forget the first time I saw a malnourished child. I was doing my nutritional community practical at a field hospital in rural Central America. A severely malnourished child had been admitted to the ward. His mother was unable to care for him. As I approached the crib, he looked at me with a deep longing gaze… His eyes were seared into my mind forever. I still recall vividly his protruding belly, his thin, delicate blond hair, and the smell of ketones emanating from his breath.
I walked away from the crib with an unspeakable sadness, but determined to do everything in my power to ensure that no child should ever experience hunger and abandonment. It has been my mission ever since to deploy the arsenal of knowledge in nutrition for empowering families to support their young children in spite of hard circumstances, and to advocate for the eradication of poverty.
“It’s a very exciting time to be involved in nutrition, because the discourse in our field is about innovation. Now truly is the time to re-invent our approach and solve the issue of hidden hunger and malnutrition. Sight and Life is a catalyst. We help drive the agenda for how we do nutrition programs and advocating for the right mix of science and policy that will allow children to get the very best start in life.” – Eva Monterrosa
The stakes are high and we must not fail. Our nutrition community has a responsibility, and we must be accountable for ensuring that children receive the nutrition and care they need to survive, thrive, and grow.