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Report on Follow-up Visit to Ecuador, Part 1

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Site visit rept. 15-21 Jan 1961

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This report documents the activities of the consultant for the Interdepartmental Committee on Nutrition for National Defense ICNND, National Institutes of Health, who visited Ecuador from January 15th to the 21st, 1961. Dr. Gerald F. Combs, PhD, visited Ecuador to discuss the nutritional survey conducted by ICNND in the summer of 1959. Discussions were held with the Ecuadorian Minister of Social Welfare and Labor, the Minister of Defense, members of the National Planning Board of Ecuador, the U.S. Ambassador, members of USOM, and the U.S. Army Mission. Other bilateral agencies were contacted and the findings and recommendations of the 1959 ICNND nutrition survey were reviewed. Most significantly, as a result of this visit, a National Committee on Nutrition was formed to include representation from the various Ministries of the government, as well as representatives from various U.S. and other bilateral agencies similarly concerned with the improvement of the nutritional status of the people of Ecuador. Specific concern was given to the need for improving the nutritional status of the Armed Forces, and detailed recommendations were discussed as a means of implementing an improved nutritional service in the military. The visit was highly successful and it stimulated the concern and support of programs designed to improve nutritional health. It is hoped that the initiation of the National Nutrition Committee will provide the necessary administrative vehicle to effect better cooperation and coordination of effort among the various agencies involved.

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  • Government and Political Science
  • Medicine and Medical Research
  • Food, Food Service and Nutrition
  • Military Forces and Organizations

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