Chronic Disease Control Research Fellowship Program (Guatemala)

Guatemala is at stage three of the five stages of the epidemiologic transition, which refers to the transition from infectious to chronic diseases as the leading cause of death. In this stage, chronic diseases account for between 35% and 65% of total mortality. In Guatemala, strategies to halt the growing epidemic of chronic disease are scarce and rarely evidence-based. The Chronic Disease Control Research Fellowship Program therefore aims to strengthen national research capacity to generate policy-relevant knowledge and evidence leading to chronic disease control and improved healthcare provision.

The Program will recruit and mentor research fellows to study policy-relevant issues and translate the resulting knowledge into action. The program will focus initially on tobacco control research (smoking prevention, cessation), in recognition that tobacco use is the leading cause of chronic disease. However, as the program evolves, the potential exists to address other issues related to chronic disease control as well.

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Start Date

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

End Date

Monday, December 31, 2012


36 months

IDRC Officer

Geneau, Robert

Total funding

CA$ 236,700


Guatemala, North and Central America, South America


Food, Environment, and Health

Project Leader

Wendy Elizabeth De Leon

Project Leader

Dr. Joaquin Barnoya


Fundación Aldo Castañeda

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