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VADAG slide packages

A series of slides on vitamin A deficiency, anaemia, and goitre (VADAG) control and prevention has been developed, produced, and packaged by the NCP PNP Support Training Division.

A teaching-learning package, designed to be a useful tool for physicians-trainers in developing competencies of health professionals in the control of vitamin A deficiency/xerophthalmia, iron deficiency anaemia, and iodine deficiency disorders, complements the VADAG Control Handbook and is a support to training in VADAG control.

Each set of slides includes a script and corresponding learning objectives which describe what the viewer is expected to learn. There are three sets: (1) vitamin A deficiency and xerophthalmia prevention and control (60 colour slides and script); (2) iron deficiency anaemia prevention and control (40 colour slides and script); and (3) iodine deficiency disorders (40 colour slides and script). The prices are P1.870 (US$90) for set I and P1,550 (US$75) each for sets 2 and 3, plus postage.

For inquiries or orders write to the Nutrition Center of the Philippines. MCC PO Box 653, Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines. Fax: 8187403.


INCAP goals for the 1990s

According to available updated information on Central America and Panama, the problems associated with nutritional deficiencies, such as protein-energy malnutrition and iron. iodine, and vitamin A deficiencies, co-exist with problems that result from inappropriate food intake, such as obesity, and with some chronic diseases related to lifestyles more frequently associated with developed countries. Although a reduction has been observed (from 26%

to approximately 22%) in the proportion of children with severe protein-energy malnutrition in the Central American region between the decade of the 1960s and today, the absolute number of malnourished children has increased from 580,000 in 1965 to 800,000 during the decade of the 1980s. This situation represents a serious problem not only in terms of demand for services and of resources required, but also in the negative effect that a deficient nutritional status has on survival, growth, and development, and on the quality of life.

In the next decade, the Institute of Nutrition of Central America and Panama (INCAP) will aggressively develop and implement strategies and cooperative activities that will result in the practical application of science and technology in solving the food, nutrition, and related health problems that affect its member countries. These will include studies and co-operative activities related to food and nutrition security, which represents one of the basic components of social security for the region, its countries, families, and individuals. The attainment of food and nutrition security is fundamental to an improvement in the conditions of severe poverty that affect the region, and it must contribute towards the development of the human potential of the region's populations.

Beyond INCAP's commitment to these important aims, the institute has the firm objective of being identified as an organization that is genuinely concerned with Central American efforts aimed at integration and peace. Without peace, it is impossible to achieve adequate food availability, in particular, or social security, in general. Without peace, it is also impossible to imagine acquiring an adequate quality of life for the populations as a whole. Without integration, it will be difficult to develop the presently adequate resources and capabilities to confront common and complementary food, nutrition, and health needs; nor will it be possible to support the socioeconomic development of the region.

The decade that is now beginning finds the institute optimistic about the future, with the firm conviction that what has been learned during the past 40 years, and what will be learned in the future, must be applied for the benefit of the Central American region.

Dr. Hernan Delgado, as the newly appointed Director of INCAP, and the institute's staff are deeply committed to accomplishing these goals.