Malnutrition And Food Aid Programs: A Case Study From Guatemala Page: 62
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1. Only pregnant and/or lactating mothers and children under
six are eligible.
2. Nutritional, health and hygiene lectures and food prepara-
tion demonstrations precede the distribution of products,
and attendance is required. These talks include such
topics as child care and cooking, in an attempt to incor-
porate new ideas so as to improve nutritional status.
3. A nominal fee per beneficiary is charged for the products.
This money is used to pay for transportation of the food-
stuffs from the departmental capitol. Some of this
money is used to buy necessary medical supplies such as
syringes. The fee ranges from 10 per individual to 5c
for each additional beneficiary in the same household.
4. Regular medical check-ups are required of all beneficiaries,
the frequency depending upon age. This physical exami-
nation includes height and weight measurement.
On the basis of ethnographic observations, it would appear that
the CARE program, at least in Patzite, is relatively effective. It
reaches a great number of people (500 indivJuals) who desperately
need assistance, be it food, medical and/or education. Immediate
results in malnourished children can be seen and measured. The pro-
gram may or may not be the "cause" for this improvement, but must
be considered as a major factor. Similar results were observed in
Honduras, according to May and McLellan (1972).
Several problems plagued this particular food program in Patzite
in its early stages:
1. There was a lack of successful coordination and planning
between the national, regional and local administrations.
2. A consistent timetable for the arrival of foodstuffs was
3. Supplies, in general, were never sufficient.
However, after a change in administrative personnel at the top in
CARE/uatemala, in 1979, many of these and other problems were solved.
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Rodeheaver, Daniel Gilbert, 1954-; Bates, Frederick L. & Murphy, Arthur D. Malnutrition And Food Aid Programs: A Case Study From Guatemala, report, May 1982; (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc84342/m1/75/: accessed September 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT College of Public Affairs and Community Service.