ERIC Number: ED207712
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
The Impact of Socioeconomic Development and Ecological Change on Health and Nutrition in Latin America. Cornell International Nutrition Monograph Series, Number 9 (1981).
Solimano, Giorgio R.; Chapin, Georganne
This monograph presents an examination of patterns which emerge from the interrelationship between development, environment, and health and nutrition in Latin America. First, the authors consider the components of this interrelationship, discussing the inseparability of health problems such as malnutrition, fecally-borne and parasitic diseases, and occupational diseases from environmental factors such as lack of food, poor sanitation, and dangerous living and working conditions. The monograph then shows how these elements are further tied to and, in fact, determined by particular socioeconomic development policies pursued at the national and regional levels. Some of the factors explored in this context are intensive exploitation of the agriculture sector, principally for cash crop export, rapid industrialization, and the growth of particular sociocultural phenomena, such as changing values and consumption patterns. Finally, the response of the formal health sector to the problems mentioned above is described; it is argued that by mirroring many of the economic, technological, and sociocultural concerns which motivate general policy development, policy in the health sector has actually contributed to the inequalities in health among different population groups. (Author/MP)
Descriptors: Agribusiness, Diseases, Economic Development, Economic Factors, Environment, Foreign Countries, Health Needs, Health Services, Medical Services, Nutrition, Organizational Effectiveness, Policy, Regional Characteristics, Social Problems, Socioeconomic Influences
Dr. Michael C. Latham, Division of Nutritional Sciences, Savage Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853 ($3.00). Make checks payable to Cornell University.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York, Ithaca. Nutritional Sciences Div. at Cornell Univ.
Identifiers: Latin America; Medical Technology
Note: Modified version of paper presented at a Regional Seminar on the project, "Styles of Development and Environment in Latin America" (Santiago de Chile, November 19-23, 1979). For related documents, see ED 184 672 and PS 012 430-32.