Mexico’s Strategy for Diminishing Malnutrition and Poverty

Guillermo Storey Montalvo and Ermilo Contreras Acosta, Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán, Mérida, México

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Abstract: Historical reasons are explored about why large groups of Mexicans currently live in poverty and extreme malnutrition, and then describe a social policy developed by the Mexican State to remedy this situation. Under different names, but with the same purpose, these are the so-called policies of “social liberalism” of Salinas de Gortari in 1988, which instituted the “Solidarity Program” in Mexico, through the period of the “Progresa” of Zedillo, to the current “Opportunities Program,” which dates from 2002 and the Fox administration.  This presentation will focus on the objectives and main effects of the Opportunities Program and implications for achieving the Millennium Development Goals, also critiquing its implementation plan.

About the Presenter: 

Dr. Guillermo Storey Montalvo, Dean of the College of Human Medicine at the Universidadstorey Autónoma de Yucatán, is a physician, specializing in orthopedics and traumatology.  A faculty member at the College of Human Medicine for over 20 years, he has also served as Director of Graduate Studies and Research. Additionally, he served as Faculty Adviser representing the College of Human Medicine on the University Council.

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April 21, 2011
Symposium 2011
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