NicaraguaINCAP's Technical Cooperation Coordinator in this country: Indiana González Moys

Address:Complejo Nacional de Salud, camino a la Sabana, Apartado Postal 1309, Managua, Nicaragua
Phone: (505)2289-4200; Fax: (505) 2289-4999

Executive Brief

In Nicaragua the technical cooperation of the Institute of Central America and Panama is carrying out in the headquarters of the PAHO/WHO office in Managua. Each year is planning the activities to be executed in harmonization with the Communitarian Health Program –FCH of PAHO and the Ministry of Health; and it is also established the joint actions with partners and allied.

The main achieves were developed with the national authorities of the Ministry of Health, but mainly focused on local area and the accompaniment of other agencies and institution of cooperation. The following were standing out:

  1. The implementation of the National Plan for the Child Acute Malnutrition Reduction was reinforced through training of 94% of SILAIS on the Growth and Development Standards of WHO and the capacities about monitoring of the nutritional and feeding in children and pregnant women at SILAIS level was strengthened.
  2. The regulation of rice fortification with folic acid has been defined and approved.
  3. The technical messages directed to population and the icon that will represent the Feeding Guidelines based on Foods- GABAS-, have been validated with participation of the National Commission GABAS, coordinated by the Ministry of Health. Redaction and publication of the final document is in process.
  4. Sensitization of the Governing Law and Food and Nutritional Security on leaders, officers and general population for its application.
  5. The National Regulations of Foods (6) and Hygiene of Foods have been reproduced.
  6. The trainings of health personnel –nutritionist-, and university teachers in nutritional care in persons with VIH and their families, have been strengthened

Learned lessons

  1. Cooperation between INCAP and PAHO/WHO is important, since the contribution is more effective and it allows responding the national counterparts` demands, mainly on health sector.
  2. The establishment of alliances with different national institutions and other agencies of cooperation is important to articulate actions that can lead to achieve better results.
  3. Another field of important action is the food fortification which allows team working with MINSA and strengthens ties with industrial sector.

Main challenges for 2012

  1. Achieve integration of all partners and allied for the definition of a national strategy that responds to the sensitization and society information about the importance of adopting habits and healthy lifestyles that contribute to the prevention of non-communicable chronic diseases related to nutrition.
  2. Achieve with the Ministry of Health and other instances an operational surveillance system in FNS.
  3. Achieve a better coordination with the Ministry of Health to reinforce the expected results and the fulfillment of the national commitments on the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.


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