Diet and Nutrition
Adequate and proper nutrition is an essential component for a healthy lifestyle. In Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), nutrition and diet are influenced by ongoing economic, demographic, environmental, and cultural factors in society. To alleviate the rapid escalation of chronic diseases associated with poor diet, the Foundation focuses on educating the population on the importance of a healthy diet and improving the availability of a healthy food supply.
Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene
Water, sanitation, and hygiene (also commonly known as WASH) is an essential building block of life that allows LAC communities to survive and flourish. Focus on WASH can drastically advance health outcomes, improve quality of life, and address other important issues related to community development like reduction in poverty and socio-economic improvements. PAHO Foundation (the Foundation) believes access to clean water, practical sanitation systems, and community hygiene practices will lead to a sustainable impact and improved overall wellbeing.
Neglected Tropical Diseases
Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) are highly communicable diseases that have generated a serious on-going challenge for LAC’s health and economy. The elimination of NTDs requires a successful cross-sectoral strategy that bridges public health with private sector, climate, and community investment. As an expert in multi-sectoral approaches, the Foundation works with partners to tackle the impacts of NTDs by investing in surveillance, prevention, and treatment strategies. This approach helps communities prepare, prevent, and predict to minimize the impact of ongoing and new outbreaks.
The Foundation's Programs team led a rigorous meta-analysis on the Zika virus, surveying data and research from reports, texts, and other sources, to evaluate gaps and regional progress on neglected tropical diseases across sectors. This meta-analysis embodies one of the vital preliminary steps in the Foundation’s Innovation Framework©, used to address regional health issues, which is the step, "Assessment: Identification of Gaps and Opportunities.” Click on the infographic below for notable findings from the meta-analysis.