White House Author
Dr. Claudia Llanten
Dr. Claudia Llanten is Project Director and Country Representative for Peru for the Catholic Medical Mission Board, where she leads the Unidos Contra La Mortalidad Infantil/United Against Infant Mortality project. Dr. Llanten has devoted her life to serving those most vulnerable in communities around the world. She worked as a physician in her native Colombia, leading her hospital’s effort to provide social and clinical services focused on child growth and development, including nutritional interventions for families living in poverty. Driven to alleviate childhood poverty and hunger, Dr. Llanten utilized her clinical and surveillance skills to conduct a detailed baseline survey on health and nutritional conditions for children under five in three regions of Peru. This baseline survey provided the basis for Dr. Llanten’s current work to end childhood malnutrition in Peru, which emphasizes education and the provision of resources (including gardens, guinea pigs, and chickens) to increase food security for families.