INFORMAS in Ecuador is led by Dr. Angélica Ochoa Avilés in collaboration with researchers around the country:

  • Dr. Wilma Freire
  • Dr. Susana Andrade
  • MSc. Silvana Donoso
  • Dr. David Acurio
  • Dr. Alejandro Rodriguez
  • Dr. Daniela Peñafiel
  • MSc. María Cecilia Vintimilla
  • MSc. Gabriela Rivas
  • Dr. Victoria Abril
  • Dr. Lorena Encalada
  • ND. Diana Morales Avilez

The team is implementing the Public sector policies and actions module as well as the Food labelling module. The research group will apply for local funds to include other modules in the near future. The Public sector module is implemented within a collaboration project funded by UNICEF Ecuador and Universidad de Cuenca.

Angelica Ochoa Aviles, PhD

Associate Professor
Universidad de Cuenca Ecuador

Phone: +593 74051000 Ext. 3152, mobile +593 (9)84881425

Email: Angelica Ochoa


Victoria Abril, PhD

Professor of Epidemiology and Research Methodology

Universidad de Cuenca, Ecuador

Mobile: +593 99 992 4289

Email: Victoria Abril

Lorena Encalada, PhD

Professor, Medicine and Research Methodology & Internal Medicine Research Director, Medical Sciences Faculty

Universidad de Cuenca, Ecuador

Mobile: +593 99 927 3571

Email: Lorena Encalada

Diana Morales Avilez, ND.

Research Fellow, Universidad de Cuenca

Mobile: +593 99 887 4842

Email: Diana Morales Avilez

Module Status (as of January 2023) Outputs
Public Sector (Food EPI)
  • Outputs published
  • Planning next phase
Private Sector
  • Planning
Food Composition
  • Data collection completed
Food Labelling
  • Outputs published
  • Data collection completed
Food Promotion
  • Social media/Facebook: underway
  • Sports sponsorship: data collection completed
  • Magazines: data collection completed
  • Internet: data collection completed
  • Outdoor advertising: data collection completed
Food Prices
  • Data collection completed
Food Retail
  • In-store: data collection completed
Food Provision
  • Schools: data collection completed
  • Early Childhood Education: data collection completed
  • Hospitals: data collection completed
Food Trade & Investment
  • Planning

Alvarado Alvarado FM, Altamirano Mendieta JE, Encalada Torres LE, et al. (2023). Nutritional legends and consumer perception of processed products. Revista de la Facultad de Ciencias Médicas Universidad de Cuenca. 41:3. doi: 10.18537/RFCM.41.03.02

Morales-Avilez D, Cruz-Casarrubias C, Tolentino-Mayo L, Encalada-Torres L, Abril-Ulloa V. Evaluation of the Accurateness of the Nutritional Labels of Processed and Ultra-Processed Products Available in Supermarkets of Ecuador. Nutrients. 2020; 12(11):3481.

  • Universidad de Cuenca
  • UNICEF Ecuador
  • Universidad San Francisco de Quito
  • Escuela Politécnica del Litoral
  • Universidad Internacional del Ecuador
  • Universidad del Azuay