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Tackling malnutrition in Latin America and the Caribbean: challenges and opportunities

Publication Details

Authors: Luis Galicia, Daniel López de Romaña, Kimberly B. Harding, Luz María De-Regil, Rubén Grajeda
Publication date: August 2016
Source: Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública. Volume 40, No. 2: pp. 138-146


To assess the nutrition landscape and guide future nutrition efforts in Latin America and the Caribbean, the Pan American Health Organization and the Micronutrient Initiative joined efforts to:

  1. identify information gaps and describe the current nutritional situation in the region;
  2. map existing policies to address malnutrition in Latin America;
  3. describe the impact of conditional cash transfer programs on nutrition and health outcomes; and
  4. identify the challenges and opportunities to address malnutrition in the region.

This article summarizes the methods, key findings, current challenges and opportunities in addressing malnutrition in Latin America and the Caribbean, where overweight and obesity have reached epidemic proportions. These countries have policies to address undernutrition and micronutrient deficiencies, but comprehensive and intersectoral policies to tackle obesity are lacking. The current epidemiological situation and policy options offer an opportunity for countries, technical agencies, donors, and other stakeholders to jointly scale up nutrition actions.



Caribbean, Evidence Generation and Policy, Latin America, Research Documents