The 1,000 Days program is an evidence-based pilot program that aims to combat childhood malnutrition and support the development of healthy families in the community of Villa Guadalupe. The program enrolls high-risk pregnant women, specifically targeting pregnant adolescents ages 15-19, and provides prenatal care, breastfeeding support, nutritional education, well-child care, and family planning during the first thousand days of a child's development, from pregnancy to age 2.
Villa Guadalupe Health Clinic
Villa Guadalupe is home to more than 1,000 people displaced by the closure of La Chureca, Central America’s largest municipal open-air trash dump. These families joined 3,700 others displaced by flooding. MPI’s clinic in Villa Guadalupe, formally known as Clinica Medica Manna Project International, opened in December 2014. The Villa Guadalupe clinic provides primary-care and gynecology services to community members. The clinic operates with permission from the Ministry of Health (MINSA) and is staffed by a local team of practitioners including a health promoter, general doctor, nurse, pharmacist, and gynecologist.
Community Health Promotion
In Nicaragua, many suffer from preventable disease. MPI works to improve health outcomes by training local volunteers to act as health promoters within their community. Through home visits and group activities, our dedicated health promoters equip their peers with the resources needed for healthy lifestyle changes designed to prevent chronic disease.