Washington, D.C., July 25, 2018 (PAHO/Yale/GW) – A new course developed by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health, and the Yale School of Public Health, with financing from the Government of Canada, aims to improve nutrition programs in Latin America and the Caribbean and prevent malnutrition in all its forms.

The course, “Evaluation and Quality Assurance of Nutrition Programs”, a mixed online/on-site course, began this month on the PAHO Virtual Campus for Public Health.

A total of 35 professionals from the Ministries of Health of Guatemala, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru were selected to take part in this initial four-month training, which includes a one-week on-site workshop in Ecuador in December 2018.

Child obesity and child malnutrition

“This initiative will help countries build their capacities to utilize innovative evaluation and quality assurance techniques to improve the performance of their current food and nutrition programs,” said Rubén Grajeda, PAHO regional advisor on nutrition.