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Guatemalan Nutrition Professionals Successfully Complete Course on Statistical Analysis
- Through this training, national capacities to monitor chronic malnutrition and implement malnutrition policies are strengthened
December 8, 2020.Thirteen nutrition professionals from the Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance (MSPAS, its Spanish acronym), related to health services and areas in the departments of Totonicapán, Quetzaltenango, Zacapa and Jutiapa, in Guatemala, successfully completed a training on Program R, a free software for statistical analysis.
The course took place from November 15th to December 3rd, with a duration of 20 hours, and was implemented as part of the knowledge management activities of the National Nutrition Information Platform Project (PiNN), which is funded by the European Union and executed by CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center), in coordination with the Secretariat of Food and Nutritional Security (SESAN, its Spanish acronym).
"The professionals who were trained regularly use computer tools to manage and analyze the data tables on nutrition and health issues, so learning to use new software, such as Program R, will be very useful to them," said, Eduardo Say coordinator of the PiNN project.
The training was given virtually by Francisco Quiroa, statistician of the PiNN project, who said that the course sought to elaborate and analyze the results tables, in particular calculation of indicators especíﬁcos for nutrition of the Program of Food and Nutritional Security (PROSAN, its Spanish acronym) of the MSPAS.
In addition, according to Quiroa, the course allowed professionals to become familiar with the conceptual framework of the nutritional status of children and to learn about statistical methods for analyzing data collected through the Health Management Information System (SIGSA, its Spanish acronym) 5a, which processes, stores and distributes information to support decision-making in health matters.
Mario Mazariegos, Director of the Health Area of the Department of Totonicapán, thanked the European Union, Project PiNN and CATIE for the work done, transferring new knowledge to the professionals, which they will apply in their daily work.
At the same time, Monica Ramos, coordinator of the Nutrition Program of the Health Area of the Department of Totonicapán, indicated that for the assistants now it will be easier to process data on nutrition issues and thus have indicators to follow up on the issue of malnutrition.
This training responds to the objective of the PiNN project to strengthen national capacities to monitor chronic malnutrition and implement multi-sectoral malnutrition policies and programs.