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Research shows low coverage for nutritional surveillance program in government

Study reveals that the government's program to strengthen food for infants up to 2 years did not generate consistent information

 
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Research conducted by nutritionist Carolina Souza Ferreira, Faculty of Medicine, Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), shows that the System Food and Nutrition Surveillance (Sisvan), developed by the Ministry of Health in order to monitor the political power Nutrition and Health System (SUS), needs to be strengthened. According to the researcher, assessing nutritional status in children up to 2 years, the system currently has low coverage and its data are underutilized.

The study found that only 31.6% of the municipalities surveyed use the data to establish the Sisvan actions of nutritional intervention. Where the numbers of Nutritional Surveillance System are not analyzed (57.9%), the data are not transformed into information, just feeding the system, the expert points out.

For her, the low coverage and the limited use of these data point to the need to strengthen urgently the system, so it can generate effective and consistent information about the food and nutrition situation of children in this age group. Skills and awareness of managers and professionals SUS about the importance of Sisvan and Enpacs (National Strategy for Complementary Feeding Healthy), promoted by the Departments of Health and Ministry of Health are examples of actions to strengthen the system, exemplifies.

The study considered the total number of children up to 23 months, accompanied by Sisvan miners in 40 municipalities between 2008 and 2011. To determine the coverage of the System, Carolina Ferreira divided the number of children under two years of age accompanied by Sisvan by the total population in the same age group. We established four groups of municipalities according to population size, to assess the trend of the data set, or median, the coverage of Sisvan.

The study also compared the number of children monitored monthly, the index weight by age of Sisvan Web, with the number of children weighed in the same period, according to the Information System of Primary Care (Siab). In all three months, the number of children weighed according to the Siab was greater than the number of children followed by Sisvan web

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   Palavras-chave:   Nutrition    UFMG    System monitoring food and nutrition    Health ministry    SISVAN    Enpacs   
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