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Esmeralda Barrios



In the rural department of San Marcos, in the northwest of the country, a network of women volunteers known as "Mothers Counselors" joined forces against child malnutrition in the framework of the joint program of the Sustainable Development Goals Fund. Esmeralda Barrios (46) is one of the leaders of the female community-based educational intervention that started in early 2015 with the purpose of changing feeding practices and care for children under two years. "I am a counselor in my community. I identify children with malnutrition and advise mothers to take them to the health center and help them”, says Esmeralda. “I also teach mothers with children over six months to prepare recipes that can be combined with breastfeeding." Mothers Counselors also provide adequate information to pregnant women and mothers with children under the age of two in their communities, through support groups, home visits and individual counseling.