A Crusade for Better Nutrition 

Government Contact

Edwin Montúfar

Vice Minister of Primary Care, Guatemala


The Challenge 

With a maternal mortality ratio of 140 per 100,000 live births, a neonatal mortality ration of 17 per 1,000 live births, and concerns such as stunting impacting 47 percent of children under five years of age, the country aims to improve efficiency, free up domestic resources from debt payments, and reduce stunting and chronic malnutrition.

The GFF Partnership Response  

Guatemala is not dependent on external financing, with less than two percent of total financing for the health sector from external sources. The GFF is supporting efforts to improve the planning, financial flow, and utilization of resources from the central Ministry of Health to departments within the ministry through improved alignment of annual purchasing and operating plans.


Guatemala is on-track to implement efforts to improve efficiencies and public financial management systems, which is the main goal of conducting resource mapping. Although resource mapping has not yet been underway, the public expenditure reviews, health sector assessments and expenditure tracking using National Health Accounts have been completed in 2012, 2015, and 2017. Guatemala welcomed a new administration in January 2020, which presented a strategy for the prevention of chronic malnutrition, The National Crusade for Nutrition 2020-2024, which now serves as Guatemala’s investment case.

More information on how Guatemala achieved results are available on the latest GFF Annual Report.