Alex Diego was one of hundreds of malnourished Guatemalan children serviced by the nonprofit Casa Jackson Home for Malnourished Infants in Guatemala. He weighed 11 lbs. at 5 months.
Guatemala — This week sees the launch of President Otto Pérez Molina’s Hambre Cero (Zero Hunger) program, which aims to reduce chronic malnutrition throughout Guatemala.
The program will be officially inaugurated on Thursday, February 16, in the village of San Juan Atitán, in the north-western department of Huehuetenango, which has the highest rate of child malnutrition in the country at 91 percent. Hambre Cero will initially target eight of the Central American nation’s poorest municipalities before later spreading nationwide to 166.