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Guatemalan Nutrition Professionals are trained in statistical analysis
- In this way, they will be able to better analyze administrative data related to health, which can be used to make decisions regarding nutrition and food safety
October 27th, 2020. On October 19, a series of training sessions began on the R Program, a free-use software and distribution for statistical analysis, through which 13 professionals from the health services and the health area of the department of Totonicapán and the departments of Quetzaltenango, Zacapa and Jutiapa, in Guatemala, strengthen their knowledge in the matter.
“These personnel from the Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance (MSPAS) regularly use computer tools to manage and analyze data tables on issues related to nutrition and health. However, now with this training they will learn to use a new, more efficient software and carry out more complex analyzes”, said Eduardo Say, coordinator of the National Information Platform on Nutrition (PiNN) project, which is funded by the European Union and executed by CATIE (Tropical Agronomic Research and Higher Education Center), in coordination with the Secretariat of Food and Nutrition Security of the Presidency of the Republic (SESAN).
The training will be carried out over a period of two months, with a total of 20 teaching hours and is developed within the framework of the PiNN project, which intends to strengthen national capacities, in particular that of the officials of institutions that are in charge of the management and use of administrative data related to the growth control of children under five years of age.
Julio López, CATIE representative in Guatemala, indicated that the objective of the course is to provide training in data analysis, particularly, the calculation of specific indicators for nutrition, from the Health Management Information System.
On the other hand, Mónica Ramos, coordinator of the Totonicapán Nutrition Program, commented that the course provides the opportunity to learn more about the Health Management System, in order to use it for the statistics creation and the analysis of the situational room, favoring the data interpretation for decision making.
Francisco Quiroa, a statistics specialist for the PiNN project, stated that it is important that all officials of the institutions involved in food and nutritional security acquire skills in data management, in order to carry out different qualitative and quantitative analyzes of each one of the services they provide, especially in health. In addition, he affirmed that the course will give the necessary skills to the personnel for data management and the use of a professional statistical package, such as the R-Software.
Finally, Say emphasized that the added value of this course is to strengthen local capacities to analyze administrative health data, which can be used for decision-making at the municipal and departmental levels.