PanamáINCAP's Technical Cooperation Coordinator in this country: Ana Atencio

Address: Ancón, Avenida Gorgas, Edif. 261, 2o piso Ministerio de Salud, Apartado Postal 0843-03441                 Panamá, República de Panamá

Phone: (507) 262-0030; 212-7800; Fax: (507) 262-4052

Executive Brief

panamaTechnical cooperation in Panama is carried out by a national professional at the headquarters of PAHO/WHO in Panama City.

In order to disseminate the achievements of the technical cooperation of INCAP in Panama as results of the relationship with PAHO/WHO and the national counterparts, the main activities and results during year 2011 are summarized.

There are 1,063,409 households in the country with a population of 3,405,813 population from which 9.2% are afro-descendants and 12% indigenous. The last ones, are mainly established in 3 indigenous community where are located the highest poverty, malnutrition, illiteracy and other social determinants indicators that affect the right of a worthy life, including feeding and access of basic services such as: health, water and sanitation.

Based on work plan agreed by INCAP and PAHO/WHO in alliance with other agencies of cooperation and coordinated with the national counterparts, actions that allow the following achievements were executed:

  1. Strategy of local FNS in two communities on plenty execution of its work plan with funding from the National Government, and two communities ready to initiate the work plan for 2012.
  2. Implementation of the national plan for the combat of malnutrition 2008-2015.
  3. Revision of the final report of the nutritional status in the country by MINSA.
  4. The internal and external manuals of salt and wheat fortification have been published.
  5. Launching of the Law Project of Packaged Rice Fortification in the country.
  6. National Committee GABAS is installed and is preparing the action plan for 2012.
  7. National Plan in FNS 2009-2015 is being implemented.
  8. National Commission of ECNT is performing and implementing its work plan.
  9. The national team for the preparation of the Basic Food Basket has been trained by INCAP officers.
  10. The proposal of Basic Food Basket with healthy foods has been prepared.
  11. The indicators of the Information System of FNS has been reviewed and improved.
  12. The proposal of Policy of FNS in Central America and Dominican Republic has been presented to the country authorities.
  13. Monitoring of the application of the Global Strategy in Feeding of the Breastfeeding Child and Toddler.
  14. Publication of the Report of the First Monitoring of the International Code of the Commercialization of Maternal Milk substitutes in all country.
  15. The training guidelines for innocuousness and diseases prevention have been published.
  16. Nutrition personnel for the nutritional care of person with VIH and families have been strengthened.

Learned lessons

  1. The agreement of cooperation between INCAP and PAHO/WHO allows responding more adequately to the population necessities based on requests of national counterparts, mainly on health sector.
  2. Coordination and technical assistance of INCAP allows being recognized by the national authorities in FNS, Surveillance and Human Resources Education themes.
  3. Work in alliance with different national institutions and other agencies of cooperation leads to significant achievements for the country.
  4. FNS as a strategy with right and gender focus, extend the action panorama of the technical cooperation of INCAP.
  5. Food fortification is a very important field that allows team work with the industrial sector, once recognizing they are part of the solution for the nutritional problems.
  6. FNS interventions well-articulated and implemented can significantly contributed to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.

Main challenges for 2012

  1. Established new alliances with other partners to coordinate actions in the pursuit of the expected results.
  2. Incorporate a right and gender focus on all actions.
  3. Achieve the incorporation of FNS subject in the study program on Nutrition Schools.
  4. Implement an operational surveillance system of FNS at national level.
  5. Demonstrate that INCAP and PAHO/WHO, administrative unrelated in the member countries are only one source of technical assistance.
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