Nutri-Salud: Community Nutrition and Health Project


Through the Nutri-Salud: Community Nutrition and Health Project, URC is supporting the Guatemalan Ministry of Health’s efforts to provide expanded health coverage at the community level. The project’s main objectives are to:

  1. Improve the nutritional status of women of reproductive age and children under five by implementing the seven essential nutrition actions, focusing on “the first thousand days” (i.e., during pregnancy and the first two years of life);
  2. Strengthen the quality of, access to, and demand for essential maternal, neonatal, and child health care and family planning services at the community level, aiming for a permanent health care presence in target communities; and
  3. Engage communities in active solutions to their health care needs through community mobilization, social behavior change and communication, and links to local government structures.

Key Activities

In 30 targeted municipalities, URC is implementing the project’s five components in an integrated manner. They are:

  • Prevention of chronic malnutrition,
  • Improved obstetric and neonatal care,
  • Community-based integrated management of child illness,
  • Community-based family planning services, and
  • Community mobilization and links to local government for improved health and nutrition.


August 2013: Received over $300,000 in medical equipment for health care facilities in Guatemala’s western highlands from Project C.U.R.E.

In Guatemala, Nutri-Salud operated within a continuum-of-care framework for integrated child health, focusing on the first 1,000 days. All first-level personnel were trained in opportune and complete immunization of children from birth to 5 years, with an emphasis on children under 2 years. The project provided training in safe vaccination, cold-chain establishment and maintenance, and the epidemiology of preventable diseases with vaccination surveillance guidelines. As a result, healthcare providers are better able to identify and manage immune-preventable diseases, and Nutri-Salud observed a significant reduction in missed vaccinations.


Lidia Tecún, one of the mothers participating in the Wheel of Practices for Better Living in Chichicastenango, Quiché.
The Wheel of Practices for Better Living guides families through the first 1000 days of a child's life. Mother and daughter at the family farm, Chuabaj, Chichicastenango, Quiche. Photo by Claudia Valenzuela
2012 to 2017
US Agency for International Development (USAID)
US Agency for International Development (USAID)
Institute of Nutrition of Central America and Panama (INCAP)
Mercy Corps
The Manoff Group
The Cloudburst Group
Regions/ Countries 
Geographic Scope 
Guatemala Western Highlands: Quiché, San Marcos, Huehuetenango, Totonicapán, Ixil, and Quetzaltenango