"The Mexican government’s nutrition safety net program, Progresa/Oportunidades, has helped to make strides in decreasing stunting and anemia among young children. The program utilizes a mix of nutrition supplements and cash transfers targeted at impoverished rural areas with pregnant and lactating women and children under the age of two. Oportunidades has had such a positive impact – now covering one out of every four Mexican households – that it has become a model for similar programs worldwide.
John Stanmeyer’s reportage documents the successes and challenges faced by the patients, doctors and outreach workers of the Oportunidades program. Visiting one of the program’s rural clinics in Oaxaca state, Stanmeyer reveals the dedication and innovation behind this home-grown success story."