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December 3, 2018


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 PUCE students during field trip.

In a coordinated effort between the Public Health Institute, the Center for Research on Health in Latin America and the Nursing and Human Sciences Faculties form PUCE, last November 12 the team began the field work of the project: Determinants of malnutrition in children under 5 years of the Ecuadorian indigenous population; whose second phase will run until December 14, 2018 in five cantons of Chimborazo; Riobamba, Alausí, Guamote, Guano and Colta.

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  PUCE students during field trip.

With the participation of former and current students of the Nutrition and Medicine majors, the group traveled to different zones to perform the collection of data.

According to Dr. Ana Lucía Moncayo, the information gathered during this phase will be extremely useful to design appropriate intervention strategies that will contribute to improving the nutritional status of children in this province and will be the basis for the third phase of the project, that corresponds to the longitudinal study.


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  PUCE students during field trip.

Chimborazo, province located at the Ecuadorian highlands, is one of the most affected by malnutrition in Ecuador. The last National Health and Nutrition Survey (2013) revealed that 48.8% of children between 0-60 months show chronic malnutrition (growth delay). The research is relevant in this scenario, where results can be used as tools for the development of new public policies.

Freire W.B., Ramírez MJ., Belmont P., Mendieta MJ., Silva MK., Romero N., Sáenz K., Piñeiros P., Gómez LF., Monge R. 2013. RESUMEN EJECUTIVO. TOMO I. Encuesta Nacional de Salud y Nutrición del Ecuador. ENSANUT-ECU 2011-2013 Ministerio de Salud Pública/Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Censos. Quito, Ecuador.