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Giuliana Sanchez

 

 

Giuliana Sanchez

Biologist
Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Lima, Peru

 

Most Important Achievement

I have worked on research projects in Metabolic Syndrome in the Amazon and the Andes, having lived in these communities and socialized with the local people and authorities. My most important achievement is to have experienced the importance of non-communicable health issues in vulnerable populations that are becoming more urbanized. Now I am convinced about what I want to work with in the future.


Professional aspirations

I want to become an epidemiologist focusing on non-communicable diseases in vulnerable Peruvian populations. Also, I would like to work in collaboration and communication with the local health authorities and the local government in order to be able to have a sustainable project in the community. Kuskaya will give me the opportunity to develop my own research project and receive experts’ advice on the subject.

 

KUSKAYA RESEARCH PROJECT
 
Prevalence of Metabolic Syndrome in Adults in Rural Peru: a qualitative approximation

Household Air Pollution (HAP) increases the risk for cardiovascular (CVD) and respiratory diseases, especially in low-or-medium income countries. An approach to study CVD risk is using the metabolic syndrome (MS) diagnostic, which has been recognized as very important for the prevention and control of cardiovascular diseases due to its worldwide increasing prevalence.

The province of San Marcos in rural northern Peru has been the setting of clean stove interventions in the last five years. This study is based on the hypothesis that reduction of HAP exposure due to the installation of clean stoves in the area may have a positive impact in health, reducing the burden of MS one driver of CVDs.

During one year, we performed a first diagnosis of metabolic syndrome in groups with intervention of improved clean stoves and with traditional kitchen. This second part of the study, will explore in depth this problematic with the use of qualitative tools.

Objectives

1. Identify metabolic syndrome risk factors.

2. Explore participants understanding of metabolic syndrome and its risk factors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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