On Thursday morning Febrruary 18th, a group of medical students, staff and interns loaded up the van with medical supplies, toys, and education materials and set out to the small community of La Victoria located outside of Xela.
|The community of La Victoria|
|Outside of the house where the clinic is held|
The Pop Wuj Nutrition Program currently serves families in the communities of La Victoria, Buena Vista, and Llanos del Pinal and works with children up to three years old, providing nutritional supplements, vitamins, medical care and health education to mothers and their children.
The day started with welcoming returning mothers and babies and registering two new pairs into the program. One by one, children were weighed and measured and had their data entered into the database in order to track their progress. Shortly after, Carmencita gave an informational lecture to all the mothers about the importance of breastfeeding during the first six months of infancy and general healthy practices for early childhood nutrition. Fellow intern, Amalyah, and I followed with an interactive nutrition activity for the mothers where we prepared a cut out of a large olla (pot) sectioned into five food groups and placed food cards in their respective food groups. We included information on how to have a balanced diet and how often to eat certain foods based on this information.
|Carmencita giving an informational lecture|
|Presenting the nutrition olla (photo by Pop Wuj Medical Spanish student Erin Martin)|
|Mother and child meeting with Dr. Herman|
|Happy mothers and babies|