Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt and The Shalom Foundation work together to improve the lives of children in Guatemala through better health care.
Since 2005, Children's Hospital has been sending surgical teams to Guatemala City to provide surgical care to children who are in desperate need. The surgeries are performed at the Moore Pediatric Surgery Center, operated by the Shalom Foundation.
Guatemala has among the worst performances in the world in child growth attainment, with an overall stunting rate of 44% of all children under 5, due to lack of nutrition.
There is also a very high ratio of children to adults as a result of the country's 36-year civil war which ended in 1996. The war resulted in deaths of 100,000 people and one million refugees.
- 50% of the population in Guatemala is under 18.
- 42.6% of the population is between 0 and 14 years old.
- 75% of the population live below the poverty line.
- 16% live in extreme poverty.
- 59% lack access to any health care services.
About The Shalom Foundation
The Shalom Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to providing humanitarian assistance and financial support to children living in extreme poverty. To learn more about The Shalom Foundation, visit http://www.theshalomfoundation.org/.
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