266450 "A generation with rights and freedom: Infants and teenagers' basic consumer basket to overcome poverty in Medellin". The right to food:

Monday, October 29, 2012 : 11:30 AM - 11:50 AM

Luz Stella Alvarez-Castano III, PHD Public Health , Nutrition School, Antioquia University, Medellin, Colombia
Elsury Johana Perez Isaza, ND Antioquia University , Nutrition School, Antioquia University, Medellin, Colombia
Juan Diego Goez Rueda, ND Antioquia University , Nutrition School, Antioquia University, Medellin, Colombia
A proposal seeking to guarantee four fundamental rights to Medellin's infants and teenagers: a. Food security (hunger-Free) b. Access to healthcare (disease free) c. Proper education (free of illiteracy) d. Abolition of child labor (free of economic dependency) The proposal was elaborated by seven nongovernmental institutions and Antioquia's University school of Nutrition and Dietetics. In regards to the right to Food we base our theory on the capability approach (Amartya Sen). To develop the proposal we started by finding the monthly cost of the basket of consumer goods for families in the poverty level ($270 USD), as well as the lack of food security prevalent in the city (n=2719 households). The research included a multilevel approach to establish accessibility problems to food found in the poorest neighborhoods due to the scarcity of stores offering healthy food. The proposal has the following four strategies: a. Cash Transfer (Cost percentage of the consumer basket) b. Municipal subsidized stores offering healthy food c. Nutritional school program with universal coverage d. Evaluation of nutritional program In the last, we included the analysis of the technical and financial feasibility applicable to the city's finance situation. The proposal was accepted by the current Medellin mayor and will be implemented between 2012 and 2016.

Learning Areas:
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Program planning

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe a proposal accepted by the mayor of Medellin that guarantees four fundamental rights of Medellin's infants and teenagers; and 2. Discuss four strategies identified for improving food access and food security among residents of Medellin.

Keywords: Food Security, Child/Adolescent

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a researcher at the University of Antioquia, coordinated the research group on social determinants of health and nutrition.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.

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