In this issue of Perspectives in Infant Mental Health, the World in WAIMH column features a field report from Guatemala on a home visiting program for the families of infants and young children with developmental delays due to chronic malnutrition. In a significant departure from traditional EuroAmerican projects in developing countries, the authors describe a collaborative approach to program design, implementation and evaluation. With their local professional, community and family partners, they take on the challenges of geographic distance, differences in language and culture, and limited applicability of EuroAmerican assessment tools common to so many such projects. Using a co-constructive, reflexive approach, the authors and the families they work with are learning together about how to help children thrive in settings where health and survival are threatened.
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