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Sight and Life Magazine: Focus on Latin America

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I joined the Sight and Life team in November 2012 and I am very happy to support our global operations from our office in Kaiseraugst, Switzerland. In my current position as Scientific Manager, part of my role is to be a knowledge broker, and Sight and Life magazine is a key tool for disseminating knowledge. It is for this reason that I am extremely pleased to introduce this second issue with its special focus on Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), where I have had the pleasure to live, work, and travel extensively. Latin American researchers are leaders in nutrition, and we are delighted to showcase some of the top minds in the field. I hope you will enjoy this brief treatise on the success and challenges for nutrition in LAC. Progress and challenges in nutrition in LAC Significant gains have been achieved in nutrition in LAC. Extreme poverty (living on less than US$ 1.25 a day) fell from 12% in 1990 to 5% in 2010.1 The reduction in child mortality has also been significant, from 53 per 1,000 live births in 1990 to 19 in 2010.1 Also, there has been a 48% reduction in stunting in the region.2 Vaccination for measles is almost at universal coverage on the main continent and at 76% coverage in the Caribbean. In regard to social development, the region has taken a particular interest in nutrition, placing this as a key activity for conditional cash transfer programs. Of the 15 programs currently underway in the region, 10 have specific nutrition co-responsibilities . Although these statistics showcase success, many challenges lie ahead, including regional disparities, the double burden of malnutrition, and health inequities. For example, the infant mortality rate in Cuba is 4.8 per 1,000 live births, while in Bolivia it is 50 per 1,000 live births.3 In Guatemala, 48% of children < 5 years old are stunted,2 while in Mexico the prevalence is 15%. And even within Mexico, there are large regional disparities in stunting, with many southern states showing a prevalence of ≥20%, while some northeastern states demonstrate a prevalence of <5%.

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Year 2013
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DOI https://doi.org/10.52439/FZPJ8195
DOI Number 10.52439/FZPJ8195
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