Costa Rica

National Institute for Research on Nutrition and Health (INCIENSA)

(Instituto Costarricense de Investigación y Enseñanza en Nutrición y Salud)

Tel: +506 2799911

 Apartado 4-2250

Tres Rios, Cartago, Costa Rica

Dra. Lissette Navas - Director

http://www.inciensa.sa.cr

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Institute Profile

The Institute for Research and Education on Nutrition and Health (INCIENSA) is a public health institution under the Ministery of Health. INCIENSA is responsible for:

  1. Prevent and control public health issues through the development of epidemiological surveillance systems and laboratoies based national reference centers (CNR).
  2. Run public health research to generate knowledge and to support timely and effective decision making .
  3. Public Health education and communication.
Surveillance
INCIENSA's National Reference Centers (CNR) areresponsible for coordinating surveillance systems based on laboratory quality assurance programs. They also implement quality laboratory work for priority diseases, conduct research and train public health human resources.

CNRs Provide:
  • Laboratory tests
  • Quality Assurance
  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Epidemiological Surveillance 

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Costa Rica Facts

POPULATION:

4,579,00

SIZE:

51,100 sq km

GDP (USD):

$41 billion

AVERAGE INCOME:

$10,960

LEADING CAUSES OF DEATH:

- Coronary Heart Disease
- Cancers
- Stroke
- Lung Disease
- Hypertension

INFANT MORTALITY:

9 deaths/1,000 live births

AVERAGE LIFE SPAN:

Male: 77 
Female: 81

 


Source: WHO, World Bank, World Health Rankings