Fundación ECO provides logistical support for several research projects that are carried out by the
Chaco Area Reproductive Ecology (C.A.R.E) Program
Established in 1997, The C.A.R.E Program aims at advancing our understanding of the interaction between reproductive patterns and the ecological context in populations of the Gran Chaco region of Argentina.
Among the long-term objectives of the C.A.R.E. Project are to study the impact of the drastic lifestyle changes that the indigenous populations are experiencing on their fertility; to investigate the effect of transculturation on the health status of Chacoan indigenous populations and to explore the influence of child rearing practices on infant and children’s growth and development.
Recent studies conducted under the C.A.R.E. Program include
- Hormonal and cultural correlates to physical discomforts during the menopause transition
- Life History Transitions: weaning, puberty and menopause
- Risk Factors of Cardiovascular disease and their association with diet, physical activity levels and the sociocultural representations of the healthy body in an adult Toba Population of NamQom (doctoral thesis, Elena Lagranja)
- Growth and development of Toba and Wichi children in the Province of Formosa, Argentina
Fundación ECO welcomes and provides logistical and administrative support to students who wish to have fieldwork experience within the C.A.R.E. Program.