The Mario Santo Domingo Foundation (FMSD) is a non-profit organization created in 1953 in Barranquilla, Colombia, by Mario Santo Domingo, father of Julio Mario Santo Domingo, a Colombian visionary and entrepreneur. Although initially its focus was Barranquilla and the Atlantic region in Colombia, it then expanded its scope reaching Bogotá and Cartagena, where it now has branches. It has also supported a series of initiatives in other regions of Colombia and the world at large. During its early years (60s and 70s), the FMSD promoted technological and technical education in the country through donations, kicked off its micro finance operation, and was one of the main founders of the Universidad del Norte.
In its next stage, the FMSD promoted the Carnaval de Barranquilla Foundation, created the Santo Domingo Arts and Skills School in Bogota’s historic center, and carried out a series of education and health projects, including establishing the first hospital on the Barú islands. Recently, it launched the Primero lo Primero alliance, which focuses on early childhood development, supported the reconstruction and construction of more than 10.000 houses in the city of Barranquilla and the Atlantic region for families affected by the 2010-12 floods, and since 2007 has been coordinating 2 of the largest housing projects (macro projects) in the cities of Barranquilla and Cartagena to address the main bottleneck of poverty reduction in Colombia.
In the above-mentioned housing projects the FMSD implements its own model of intervention known as Integrated Development for Sustainable Communities (DINCS is its Spanish Acronym). Its aim is to empower the community via community participation in management of the project, encourage good governance, provide social coaching or capacity building for the community, and develop an exit strategy for the FMSD. Profits associated with the construction of the houses are channeled through a social fund, which the community can access for its own projects and to ensure the sustainability of current initiatives.
Together with the Social Investment Bank (BIS) and other Colombian partners, the FMSD promotes innovative mechanisms for collective impact. During the last years it developed a financial instrument that allows low-income families access to a new house without needing a down payment and with monthly payments not higher than their current rent costs. The so-called Arriendo con Opción de Compra (ACOC) has been recently embraced by the Colombian government, as a sustainable and market based mechanism to tackle its housing deficit.



Since its very beginnings over 43 years ago, the Children’s Cardiology Foundation has evolved and become a reality for the benefit of countless persons that come to its services searching for a solution to their health problems.
Being aware of the main goal set by its founders “providing integral health to children with scarce resources and cardiovascular problems”, FCI has made every reasonable effort for the Children’s Cardiology Foundation – Cardiology Institute to achieve excellence in hospital institution. Therefore, for the purpose of evolving to a different healthcare model, focused on the patients and their relatives, FCI has undertaken to reach the goal to ensure that patients have unique clinical experience, from the work with all medical disciplines to cure the disease, correct and prevent the causes generating it and to provide a health and well-being area in their new Torre de Especialistas, a modern building that has been dedicated to the service of all Colombian and foreigners.
FCI has become more than an ally and has assumed a reliable commitment based on their philosophy of helping patients and the responsibility with the Colombian population. Therefore, in this new stage of institutional development and evolution FCI decided to use simple, precise and stable processes, where human resources will be given the greatest value to reach our goal.



The IMSS is the institution with the greatest presence in healthcare and in social protection for Mexicans since it was set up in 1943; for this it combines research and medical practice with the administration of resources for the retirement of its beneficiaries to provide reassurance and stabilities to the workers and their relatives in case of any of the risks specified in the Social Security Law. Today more than half of the Mexican population is related to the Institute, to date the largest of its kind in Latin America.

The mission of the IMSS is to be a basic instrument of the social security, established as a national public service, for all workers and their relatives.

For a Mexican country with more and better social security.

As a health risk administrator institution. It administers the different insurance classes set out by the SSL, and requires an adequate management of the contributions and financial resources for providing the in-kind and cash benefits; and being an autonomous tax agency it would run an effective tax-collection achieving transparency and control of the information generated.

As service provider entity It promotes the health of the insured working population and their relatives, pensioners and students globally, through the provision of prevention and care medical services, nurseries and economic and social benefits set out in the SSL.



Cardona Town Hall. Within the Cardona Town Hall, “Cardona Integral” is the name of the project to develop Cardona into a Healthy Town.
The Cardona Town Hall and the SHE Foundation promote this initiative within a strategy, started in 2011, where health is the cornerstone for the future of Cardona’s citizenship and a way to achieve the town’s social and economic development. Cardona Integral considers three activation areas: the health programs, the events and a new urban model.

2020 Objective
Several international organizations focus on 2020 as target to achieve several objectives in health promotion and disease prevention. These organizations include: “Healthy People 2020” in the US, the “Horizon 2020” program from the EU Commission and the “Prevention and Health Promotion Strategy” of the National Health System developed by the Health Ministry of Spain (Estrategia de Promoción de la Salud y Prevención en el Sistema Nacional de Salud del Ministerio de Sanidad Español ).
Some chronic diseases like cardiovascular and diabetes are responsible for 75% of the health expenditure and 7 out of 10 deaths per year.
Some disease risk factors can be prevented. The challenge is to avoid these diseases that can be prevented, keep active and independent the aging population during more time and support new projects development.
Cardona Integral is fully engaged in the making of Cardona a healthy town.



Gasol Foundation focuses its time, energy, and financial resources on increasing physical activity, wellness and healthy eating, with an initial emphasis on children and their parents in the United States and Spain.
From a very young age, Marc and Pau Gasol have shared a passion for children’s health and they strive now, as part of their own foundation’s work, to do everything they can to ensure that same level of access and enjoyment for today’s global youth.
The latest research shows that the environments in which we live and the public policies enacted by our leaders directly impact how young people eat, the physical activity in which they engage, and the level of happiness that they feel.
When schools offer healthy foods and beverages in cafeterias and vending machines, students eat better. When communities feature parks and bike trails paired with vigorous physical activity programs, children and parents are more active. When neighborhood supermarkets and farmers’ markets sell affordable healthy foods, families eat more nutritiously. However, when communities are dominated by unhealthy food establishments and have only a few safe places to play or exercise, our families do not eat as well and are less active – and thus, their health suffers.
It is imperative that we all work together to intervene early to promote healthy habits amongst today’s youth. By doing so, we will make our world healthier and stronger, ease the financial strain on our health care system, and save lives.



The Daniel and Nina Carasso Foundation wishes to promote new ways of considering “nourishment” that are useful to human selfdevelopment and to the creation of conditions that make life more harmonious:

– Because food systems and diets lie at the crossroads of economics, ecology, health, social and cultural life, they
sustain life and are central to the issues at stake in sustainable development.
– Because art can be a way for people to assert their place in society by helping all – including the most vulnerable – to look afresh at society and guide us towards a more tolerant world and more rewarding lives.



The Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Cardiovasculares Carlos III (CNIC) in Madrid (Spain), is a leading international research center dedicated to understanding the basis of cardiovascular health and disease and to translating this knowledge into improved patient care.
The center was founded in 1999 by the Spanish Ministry of Health and is located in the Instituto de Salud Carlos III campus in Madrid.
The CNIC adopted its current form after a “relaunch” in 2006, made possible through a partnership between the Spanish government and the Pro CNIC Foundation, a panel of 14 leading Spanish companies and charitable foundations. Through this partnership, the Pro CNIC Foundation injected significant private investment and also applied its combined expertise to the management and promotion of the CNIC, permitting the incorporation of Dr. Valentín Fuster as General Director and the development of a new strategic plan.



The American Heart Association (AHA) is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. Founded by six cardiologists in 1924, the organization now includes more than 22.5 million volunteers and supporters. The AHA funds innovative research, fights for stronger public health policies, and provides critical tools and information to save and improve lives. The nationwide organization includes 156 local offices and more than 3,000 employees. The AHA moved its national headquarters from New York to Dallas in 1975 to be more centrally located. The American Stroke Association was created as a division in 1997 to bring together the organization’s stroke-related activities.

What They Do: To improve the lives of all Americans, AHA provides public health education in a variety of ways. As the nation’s leader in CPR education training. AHA helps people understand the importance of healthy lifestyle choices.
AHA provides science-based treatment guidelines to healthcare professionals to help them provide quality care to their patients. AHA educates lawmakers, policymakers and the public as they advocate for changes to protect and improve the health of our communities.



Alícia, Ali-mentación (food) and cien-cia (science) is a research centre dealing with technological innovation in cooking, the improvement of dietary habits and the assessment of agro-food and gastronomic heritage. A centre with social aims, open to everybody to promote healthy eating habits.
Its Board is made up of the Autonomous Government of Catalonia and the Catalonia Foundation – La Pedrera. It  has the complicity and collaboration of the best cooks and leading scientists.
Alícia works to be:

  • A benchmark in the area of research applied to gastronomy.
  • An active agent which seeks and provides culinary solutions to food problems derived from specific diseases and conditions.
  • A space to raise social awareness on the importance of diet as a cultural fact and educational factor.
  • A place where ideas about food and cooking are generated.
  • A sensory and stimulating experience combining tradition and innovation.
  • A project committed with the territory.

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Alicia works gastronomically and scientifically for the purpose of generating knowledge in all technological areas which are part of cooking, from the use of new techniques and products to the optimization of traditional
It works to improve the food habits of the community and to find culinary solutions to the specific dietary needs caused by some diseases.
It collaborates with general canteens, hospitals, schools and old people’s canteens to adjust catering to the needs and diversities of each of these groups.
It also studies gastronomy from a historic viewpoint, interpreting recipe books and applying them as a tool to enhance a territory and a cultural heritage. It considers the study of the history of science, a knowledge of culinary
processes that lead us to know a community and the reason for the practices in a given time.
It brings the knowledge to all types of public, both food professionals through the food and catering sector and families and schoolchildren, by training and workshops where they learn and experience playfully about cooking, healthy habits and agro-food heritage. And it conveys messages through all traditional, audiovisual and electronic supports. Alícia is structured in three functional areas where their work is interrelated:





The Spanish Agency for Consumer Affairs, Food Safety and Nutrition (AECOSAN) Agencia Española de Seguridad Alimentaria y Nutrición (AESAN) today Agencia Española de Consumo, Seguridad Alimentaria y Nutrición del Ministerio de Sanidad, Servicios Sociales e Igualdad, within the NAOS Strategy and the Observatory of Nutrition and Obesity Studies.
The Spanish Agency for Consumer Affairs, Food Safety and Nutrition (AECOSAN) incorporates and carries out, within the framework of the General State Administration, functions relating to the promotion and fostering of consumer and user rights regarding goods and services, as well as food safety and healthy eating.
The fundamental objectives of AECOSAN are:
•To promote and foster consumer and user rights, both in terms of product safety and of their economic interests.
•To promote food safety by offering guarantees and objective information to consumers and economic agents in the Spanish agro-food sector.
•To plan, coordinate and develop strategies and lines of action that foster information, education and health promotion in the area of nutrition, and particularly in the prevention of obesity.