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Charity Gifts for health

World Gifts brought from our Health and Care Fund ensure that people in urgent need of medical attention receive the vital support and treatment they need. These gifts also support good hygiene practices and nutrition, protecting the health of vulnerable communities long term.

In the western highlands of Guatemala, La Natividad Parish runs a mobile health clinic. A long recovery from civil war and annual droughts and food shortages contribute to the fact that as many as 60 per cent of children in this area have experienced chronic malnutrition.

One of CAFOD's many mother and child health initiatives This clinic is just one of the mother-child health initiatives World Gifts supports to combat malnutrition. Santa Agripina’s youngest son, 14-month-old Jansel, had been so sick he’d nearly died, but was declared free from acute and chronic malnutrition at the clinic.

As well as bolstering the community by providing access to supplementary food and medicines in times of crisis, we’re also tackling the underlying causes of malnutrition. Mothers at this clinic are given seedlings and advice to help them establish family vegetable gardens, which can include growing watermelons!

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