The Institute of Nutrition of Central America and Panama (INCAP) was founded in 1949. Its mission is to support the Ministries of Health of the Central American isthmus states and the Dominican Republic in the areas of food and nutrition security,and ultimately help improve nutritional status through evidence based-interventions in each local population. INCAP’s headquarters are located in Guatemala City; however, it has offices in each of its member States: Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama and the Dominican Republic.
We spoke to German Rafael González Díaz who works in the Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Unit at INCAP to find out how data presentation software has been used by INCAP. German explains that displaying health and nutrition information is an important part of their team´s work. Although INCAP´s main function is not the production of crude data, it supports institutions and groups in the collection of good quality data. In most cases INCAP´s team collects official information from each country related to determinants and consequences of malnutrition, as well as other variables that can be used to analyse the nutritional status of the Central American population. In other words, they need to provide intelligence information that can be used for the performance analysis of nutrition programmes. This means monitoring a large number of indicators that can be easily displayed for use of variety of users.