Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2012
Centro de Recuperacao e Educacao Nutricional
This description of Gisela Solymos's work was prepared when Gisela Solymos was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2012.
Gisela Solymos is finding new solutions to resolve child malnutrition in Brazil by identifying and addressing the fundamental causes of the problem—the emotional and psychological challenges often rife among situations of poverty. Beyond treating the immediate physiological needs of malnourished children and promoting their recovery, Gisela’s unique methodology identifies specific weaknesses in the child’s family. These include the anguish of not being able to properly feed one’s own child and the insecurity and shame from not knowing how and where to get their next meal. In such fragile circumstances, a family often cannot prevent their child’s malnourishment. Unlike many other centers that simply medicate and hospitalize children with malnutrition, Gisela’s acts in a multidisciplinary way, creating an all-encompassing intervention that is highly focused on all of these factors. It seeks lasting solutions that will provide them with the dignity and the will to overcome their situation.
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