Guatemala has the highest prevalence of one of the main forms of childhood malnutrition in Latin America, with 49% of children chronically undernourished, i.e., stunted.1 Bhutta et al2 show that education about complementary feeding can increase height-for-age Z score by 0.25. Nutrition-related interventions can also reduce stunting at 36 months by 36%, and mortality between birth and 36 months by about 25%. Adherence to the World Health Organization (WHO) Complementary Feeding Guidelines3 has also been shown to prevent weanling diarrhea. (The guidelines are related to better micronutrient status and growth.)
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