Child Malnutrition in Ecuador: Rachel's Journey with MEDLIFE - MEDLIFE

Child Malnutrition in Ecuador: Rachel’s Journey with MEDLIFE

Child malnutrition is a pressing global issue that demands attention and action. In this blog, we delve into Rachel Eggleston’s impactful work as a member of MEDLIFE’s Student Advisory Board, focusing on her dedication to developing a child nutrition program in Ecuador.

Rachel, a senior at Dartmouth College studying Neuroscience and Spanish, has been an active participant in MEDLIFE since her freshman year. Her commitment to the cause led her to apply for the MEDLIFE internship, where she, along with fellow interns JP and Meredith, is spearheading a project to tackle chronic malnutrition or “stunting” in the region.

4-1The Malnutrition Project:

I grew up in Chevy Chase, Maryland, and currently live in Hanover, New Hampshire, where I am a senior at Dartmouth College, majoring in Neuroscience and Spanish. My commitment to addressing child malnutrition stems from my involvement with MEDLIFE since my freshman year.

Rachel’s MEDLIFE Experience:

Living and working in Riobamba has brought Rachel closer to the heart of the issue. Her apartment serves as both a living space and an office, fostering strong bonds with her colleagues. The team spends their days immersed in community work and evenings unwinding together. This tight-knit environment not only enhances productivity but also contributes to the success of their projects.

Why Child Malnutrition Matters:

Child malnutrition is a multifaceted problem with long-lasting consequences. Addressing it requires comprehensive efforts, from governmental initiatives to on-the-ground projects. Rachel’s work exemplifies the dedication needed to make a lasting impact on the lives of those affected.

The Impact of Educational Videos for child malnutrition in riobamba:

In their endeavor to combat malnutrition, Rachel’s team recognizes the power of media in spreading awareness. Meredith’s contribution to the project through educational videos promises to be a valuable tool in reaching a wider audience and encouraging proactive measures.

Living in Riobamba:

Beyond the project, Rachel enjoys the vibrant culture of Riobamba. Exploring the city has allowed her to appreciate local delicacies, like the enchiladas at Pizzería San Valentín. These personal experiences add depth to her understanding of the community she is serving.


Child malnutrition is a critical issue that demands collaborative efforts and sustained dedication. Rachel Eggleston’s journey with MEDLIFE in Ecuador showcases the impact individuals can have when addressing this global challenge. As we follow Rachel’s updates in the coming weeks, we anticipate positive strides in the fight against child malnutrition in Ecuador.