Case Story


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Initiative Name:
Institutional strengthening to control health risks associated with exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation
Initiative Status:
Completed and consolidating results
Adaptation, replication or scaling up of a previous initiative?
Modality of the initiative:
Environmental Health, Sustainable Development and Intersectoral Action
Radiación Ultravioleta, Rayos UV-B, Cancer

Geographic Identifiers

Countries Leading or Providing Technical Cooperation:
Countries Demanding Technical Cooperation:
Participating National Institutions, Organizations and/or Subregional Entities:
a) Secretaría del Ambiente del Municipio de Quito, Ecuador; b) Ministerio de Salud Pública, de Ecuador; c) Sociedad de Lucha Contra el Cáncer de Quito, SOLCA, Ecuador; d) Instituto de Hidrología y Meteorología (INHAMI) de Ecuador; e) Ministerio de Salud y Deportes, (MSD), Bolivia; f) Laboratorio de Física de la Atmósfera de la Universidad Mayor de San Andrés, Bolivia;
Participating International and Multilateral Organizations:
Organización Panamericana de la Salud (OPS), Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS).
Initiative Start Date:
Initiative End Date:

Initiative Cost/Budget and Sources of Funding

Initiative Total Cost/Budget: (in US$)
US$ 49,330

Initiative Description

It has been scientifically proven that both prolonged as well as short-term intense exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation through UVB rays increases the risk of skin cancer, damages the eyes, and can negatively affect the immune system. It is known today that 90% of skin cancers can be attributed to UVB rays. Both Bolivia and Ecuador have extensive geographic areas that are high in altitude or near the equator, where populations are exposed to higher levels of ultraviolet radiation and thus have a greater risk of skin cancer in the medium and long term.

The main purpose of the project was to build capacity in Ecuador based on experiences in Bolivia to implement a system for measuring exposure to UVB rays and to design a health information and educational campaign on the risks associated with UV radiation, with special emphasis on the capital city of Quito. Additionally, and building on the experience in Ecuador, the project also aimed to build capacity in Bolivia to start a population-based cancer registry for the capital city of La Paz. Through field visits, training workshops, and consultations with Bolivian technical personnel from the Atmospheric Physics Laboratory at the University of San Andrés, the capacity was developed to measure exposure to UVB rays in Quito and the design and approach for the information and educational campaign was solidified. Likewise, through a variety of activities, a solid foundation was laid for the population-based cancer registry in Bolivia, starting in the city of La Paz.

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Contact Information:

Name of Contact Person:
Ing. Ricardo Torres, asesor en Salud Ambiental de la OPS-Bolivia
Organización Panamericana de la Salud (OPS)
Calle Víctor Sanjines 2678, Edificio Torre Barcelona, pisos 1, 6 y 7, Zona Sopocachi, La Paz, Bolivia Casillas Postales 9790 y 2504 La Paz, Bolivia
Country/City Code: 011-591-2 Tel: 2412-313; 2412-303; 2412-465 Fax: 2412-598

Additional contact:
Dr. Francesco Zaratti, Jefe del LFA/UMSA
Laboratorio de Física de la Atmósfera de la Universidad Mayor de San Andrés (LFA/UMSA).

Additional contact:
Dra. Sdenka Maury, Jefe de la Unidad de ENT/MSD
Ministerio de Salud y Deportes de Bolivia, area de Enfermedades No Trasmisibles