Trends in the prevalence of anemia among pregnant and lactating women

Iron is an essential mineral required to help the red blood cells transport oxygen to the rest of the body. It also assists in energy production and cell respiration. Based on the Philippine Dietary Reference Intake standards made by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute – Department of Science and Technology, the Estimated Average Requirement for iron per day of a male adult is 10.4mg while for females is 26.0mg.

What causes the difference between the iron requirement of males and females? Women become more vulnerable to iron deficiency anemia due to several factors, one of which is menstruation. During this period, iron gets depleted as blood comes out of the body since most of the iron are found in the blood. Also, during pregnancy, the body produces more blood to support the growth of the fetus. Along with the increase in blood volume is the increase in the iron requirement of the body to produce enough amount of red blood cells that will carry oxygen to the different parts of the body.

NGO Forum participants

ILOILO CITY:  Representatives of twelve (12) Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) gathered for a one-day forum, organized by the National Nutrition Council.  The NGO forum held at the EON Centennial Hotel is aimed at mobilizing various NGOs to scale up efforts to address the country’s nutrition problems.  The event mainly highlighted the presentation of the various programs and services that the NGOs are implementing as well as their respective areas of operation in Region 6.

Nutrition Officer IV Reginaldo T. Guillen, representative of the NNC, also presented the upcoming Philippine Plan of Action for 2017-2022 (PPAN 2017-2022), which is the country’s framework for action for nutrition program implementation.  PPAN provides the strategic direction as well as the targets to address the country’s lingering problem of malnutrition.  According to NNS in 2015, 33.4% of the country’s children are stunted, or an equivalent of 3.8 Million children.   If not immediately addressed, these numbers will impact on the country future generation in terms of educational outcomes and economic productivity.

NNAC 2016

National Nutrition Council recognized the outstanding performers in nutrition programs during the National Nutrition Awarding Ceremony at Philippine International Convention Center last December 13, 2016.

Awardees from Region VI – Western Visayas include Numancia, Aklan which is one of the Consistent Regional Outstanding Winner in Nutrition (CROWN) Awardee and Mrs. Alejandra Igbacol who was one of the top 8 National Outstanding Barangay Nutrition Scholar who bested 42,000 other BNSes in the country.

Region 6 Local Nutrition Planning

ILOILO CITY - Seven selected cities and municipalities participated in the Local Nutrition Planning Workshop held at Punta Villa Resort, Iloilo City last January 10-13, 2017.

Two (2) cities and five (5) municipalities, which include the cities of Talisay and Silay and the municipalities of Isabela, Cauayan and Candoni from Negros Occidental, Libertad from Antique and San Enrique from Iloilo, brainstormed for their plans during the 4-day workshop. Representatives from the different departments, such as Health, Agriculture, Social Welfare, Budget Office, Local Government Operations and Planning, of each LGU joined in the workshop.

ro6 RBATFNational Nutrition Council Region 6 organized a Bantay Asin Task Force Orientation Briefing and Workshop last November 10-11, 2016 at Punta Villa Resort, Arevalo, Iloilo City.

The goal of the orientation briefing is to strengthen the organization that will lookout for the proper implementation of the ASIN Law, also known as Republic Act 8172, which was formulated to address problems arising from lack of iodine in the diet.

Mr. Julius Caesar Alejandre from the Nutrition Policy an d Planning division of NNC Central Office discussed the purpose and the composition of Bantay Asin Task Force. He emphasized the importance of the presence of the RBATF. NOII Sheryl Sedantes,on the other hand, gave the statistics of the nutrition situation in Region VI.

 Goiter Awareness Week 

Presidential Proclamation 1188 signed in 2006 enacted the celebration of Goiter Awareness Week every 4th week of January to prevent and solve the problem in iodine deficiency through information dissemination, education and training, research and other preventive measures. With the Department of Health as the lead agency in coordination of other partner associations and relevant stakeholders, National Nutrition Council Region VI joins in the observance of the GAW.

Goiter is any enlargement of the thyroid gland. It is the most common manifestation of iodine deficiency and a 5% prevalence of goiter among schoolchildren indicates that there is a problem of iodine deficiency. Aside from goiter, lack of iodine in a pregnant mother’s diet may also lead to a child’s mental retardation or low IQ.

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