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XXVI Meeting XXXI Meeting

Washington, D.C.

September-October 1979 INDEXED

Provisional Agenda Item 33 CD26/9 (Eng.)

2 August 1979 ORIGINAL: ENGLISH

FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF THE W. K. KELLOGG FOUNDATION

Ever since the late 1940's, when PAHO adopted a new constitution and began serving as the Regional Office for WHO, the W. K. Kellogg Foundation has been a dedicated and reliable partner. But the influence of Kellogg on health in Latin America began even earlier, when the

Foundation started its fellowship program in 1937. Since then, many of

the Latin American leaders in health have been trained with Kellogg

support.

The first major cooperation was joint PAHO/Kellogg Foundation sponsorship of the Institute of Nutrition of Central America and Panama (INCAP), which was created in 1949 by the Governments of Guatemala, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras and Panama. Kellogg's support was of fundamental importance to develop the "critical mass" of local re-searchers and scientists, many of whom were awarded fellowships for

postgraduate training in nutrition and food sciences in recognized

academic centers.

Kellogg's cooperation with PAHO's nutrition programs has evolved

through the years with great success. The Foundation is currently

funding an important applied nutrition program in support of national

efforts carried out by the six Central American Governments. This

program aims at the formulation, implementation and evaluation of

national food and nutrition policies and plans, the integration of nutrition services in regionalized health systems with emphasis on the

extension of coverage through primary health care and community

participation, and improvement of hospital food and dietary services.

Experience gained by INCAP in the development of possible solutions

to the most prevalent nutritional deficiencies is highly accountable to

the generous and timely support of the Foundation. As examples of the

application of scientific knowledge to the design of feasible nutrition

interventions, INCAP is actively working and cooperating with countries

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vegetable mixes such as INCAPARINA in Guatemala, MAISOY in Honduras, and ACAMIL in Haiti; fortification of sugar with vitamin A and iron for the control of deficiencies related to these substances; salt iodization for the prevention and control of endemic goiter; use of non-conventional foods to improve human and animal nutrition; and development of simple and reliable indicators for the diagnosis and surveillance of nutritional diseases.

In the last decade the Kellogg Foundation has greatly expanded its

program in cooperation with PAHO. It is directed toward the improvement

of medical, dental and nursing education by assisting educational insti-tutions, and encouraging them to orient their training toward cooperation

with the health services to expand health care coverage. Kellogg has

been a pioneer in primary health care.

Kellogg cooperation is highlighted by the visible evidence around us in this building. These PAHO Headquarters were largely built with a US$5 million loan from the Foundation, which is being repaid in the form of expanded health programs for the countries of the Americas.

This cooperation of a private foundation and an international organization is more extensive, lasting and wholehearted than any in the world. We believe it will be further enhanced by the new guidelines pre-pared by PAHO for future relationships between the Organization and the Kellogg Foundation.

The 50 years of achievement of the Kellogg Foundation in the field of health has gained worldwide recognition. We are proud to be able to

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