|Nutrition and an Active Life: From Knowledge to Action|
Nutrition and an Active Life: From Knowledge to Action
This publication, written by leading international public health professionals, highlights 13 case studies on a variety of topics including control of vitamin A deficiency, folic acid fortification of bread, control of iodine deficiency disorders, and the contribution of research to infant breast-feeding policies, as well as successful community projects to promote increased physical activity and the role of urban planning and public transportation in reducing the prevalence of sedentary lifestyles, among other important topics. (© PAHO, 2005)
In Ecuador, leprosy control can be divided into two stages: before and after multidrug therapy (MDT). Before MDT, the disease was considered incurable and mutilating; patients were kept apart from others and isolated in leper colonies, repelled by both society and medical staff, thus resulting in their being transferred to remote places. After MDT, the panorama changed.
The WHO Region of the Americas consists of 35 countries with a total population of approximately 879,617,000 inhabitants as of 2004. In the Region, there are very large countries—such as the United States, Brazil, and Mexico—that represent 66.2% of the total population, as well as very small countries—such as Grenada, Aruba, Dominica, Antigua and Barbuda, and Bermuda, among others— that make up barely 0.06%.
Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization