TACLOBAN CITY – It shall be of great advantage if the DOST in Region VIII would be accredited by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to conduct Iodine Analysis on Table Salt, because salt samples gathered from entry ports in Eastern Visayas can then be tested immediately--and the “10 day time frame after collection” can be achieved.
Region 8 Food and Drug Administration supervisor and Regional Bantay Asin Task Force (RBATF) chairperson (FDA) Dr. Sonia C. Cabahit said this in reference to preserving the integrity of salt samples collected at port of entries in the region if they could be tested for iodine content soonest, or within 10 days for accuracy.
Cabahit said that our DOST here in Region VIII is not yet accredited by the FDA, meaning whatever result that they will give will not substantiate the fact that it is not yet legal in terms of accreditation.
The office of the National Nutrition Council (NNC) in Region 8 headed by Dr. Catalino Dotollo, Jr. in coordination with ACF and UNICEF conducted a Nutrition Summit for nutrition stakeholders from the provinces of Leyte, Southern Leyte and Biliran.
The Summit, held on July 31, 2014 at the Leyte Park Resort Hotel, was part of the culminating program of the Nutrition Month celebration and advocated for Nutrition resiliency and disaster preparedness, consistent with the theme of the 2014 Nutrition Month, “Kalamidad Paghandaan; Gutom at Malnutrisyon Agapan”.
Over 300 registrants participated in the Nutrition Summit with representatives from municipalities in Leyte, Southern Leyte, and Biliran, including the Municipal Action Officers (MNAOs), Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS) and their Federation Presidents, Municipal and City Council members. Aside from the participants from the government sector, the humanitarian community joined the summit. Different booths showcased nutrition advocacy in the participating municipalities.
To kick-off and celebrate the start of Nutrition Month, a Parade and Launching program was held in Tacloban City on July 1, 2014. This year’s Nutrition Month theme "Kalamidad Paghandaan: Gutom at Malnutrisyon agapan!" aims to increase awareness of the importance of Nutrition in Emergencies (NiE). Despite the rainy weather and the early hour, the parade was well attended by local organizations and the humanitarian community.
The month-long activities will kick off with a Healthy Walk in the morning of July 1 at the city’s major thoroughfares to be participated in by government and private agencies.
“We are expecting 300 participants from our partner agencies, the government and the private sectors, the Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and other international humanitarian organizations,” NNC region 8 nutrition program coordinator Dr. Catalino Dotollo, Jr.
TACLOBAN CITY -- Addressing the root cause of malnutrition problem is the strategy of Eliminating Malnutrition & Information Campaign (e-MiCproject) that was launched by the provincial government of Leyte prior to the advent of Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan).
The project aims to eliminate the malnutrition problems in the Province of Leyte through effective and efficient way of feeding, nutrition awareness and nutrition sustainability in the community particularly the ages between 0-71 month’s old children.
So that if the problem is the lack of food our intervention is food production, if the cause is parasites we have deworming for children, on lack of nutrients we have supplementary feeding. We address the problem of malnutrition in regards to its cause; we have different interventions for every case—and we do this by the household level, Giovani Ed M. Napari, Provincial Nutrition Action Officer (PNAO) of Leyte, revealed this in an exclusive interview with the Nation Builder.
“We are aiming to maximise the reach of our resources, so that we have to be effective!” Napari said.
Tacloban City- The Eastern Visayas Health Research and Development Consortium (EVHRDC) where NNC is a member, held the Regional Health Research Summit last May 14, 2014 at Leyte Normal University. With this year’s theme “ Making People the Center of Health through Research” the activity aimed to be the venue for health research and development awareness, utilization and empowerment and the promotion of health R&D researches in the region.
TACLOBAN CITY – The local government unit (LGU) of Maasin City, Southern Leyte is among the three LGUs vying this year for the Nutrition Honor Award (NHA). The NHA is the highest nutrition award conferred by the National Nutrition Council (NNC) annually.
This was announced during the joint RTWG/HIMSoG-8/PCNAOs meeting by newly designated Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator for Eastern Visayas Dr. Catalino “Kattie” Dotollo.
The Regional Nutrition Evaluation Team (RNET), composed of members from the Regional Technical Working Group on Nutrition made the pre-evaluation in Maasin City during the Holy Week.
Assistant Secretary of Health and NNC’s Executive Director Maria-Bernardita T. Flores will lead the interagency National Evaluation Team (NET) in conducting the validation visits to these LGUs from April 29 to May 3 2014.
TACLOBAN CITY – Of the 224,737 children 6-59 months of aged already subjected to Rapid Nutrition Assessment as of second week of this month in the areas of Eastern Visayas severely hit by Super Typhoon Yolanda, the Nutrition Cluster in Region 8 identified only 441 cases of Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) and 3,211 of Moderately Acute Malnutrition (MAM).
Said figures indicate that the level of acute malnutrition identified by measurement of Mid Upper Arm Circumference (MUAC) is low in the screened populations, far below what some international humanitarian groups, here on emergency response mission, have expected.
Of the SAM cases identified 50 were from Eastern Samar and 391 were from Leyte; of the MAM cases 746 were from Samar, 2465 from Leyte coming to around 2% of the 224,737 population of children ages 6-59 months subjected to MUAC.
Severe Acutely Malnourished (SAM) children without complications were referred to Out-Patient Treatment (OTPs). OTPs are either static (i.e. at the Rural Health Unit) or mobile and operated by Nutrition Cluster partner organizations. Children identified as SAM in municipalities without an operational OTP were referred to the closest OTP in a neighbouring municipality.
Palo, Leyte- The National Nutrition Council Region VIII was invited last March 18, 2014 to the first quarter Social Development Committee (SDC) meeting held at NEDA Regional Office 8, as the proponent of one of the resolutions endorsed in the Regional Development Committee meeting last Tuesday, 25th of March.
Newly-appointed Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator, Dr. Catalino P. Dotollo, Jr and Nutrition Officer III, Ms Segundina Devota A. Dilao, presented to the Social Development Committee the RNC Resolution No. 11, s. 2011, “Requesting the Local Government Units of Eastern Visayas to Create a Mandatory Position of Nutrition Action Officer with Corresponding Nutrition Office”.
Tacloban City- The Nutrition Cluster, co-chaired by UNICEF and the National Nutrition Council of the Department of Health was formally activated by the Humanitarian Country Team in response to Typhoon Yolanda and has been coordinating the sector to address the needs of the affected areas.
The Nutrition Cluster response include: (i) protection and promotion of appropriate infant and young child feeding (IYCF) practices; (ii) prevention of vitamin and mineral deficiencies with provision of fortified high energy biscuits to children aged 24-59 months and micronutrient powders to children aged 6-59 months; (iii) prevention of acute malnutrition with blanket supplementary feeding for children aged 6-23 months; (iv) treatment of children aged 6-59 months with severe acute malnutrition; (v) management of moderate acute malnutrition for children aged 6-59 months and pregnant and lactating women (PLW), and (vi)timely nutrition surveillance.
TACLOBAN CITY – The National Nutrition Cluster here, in the wake of Super Typhoon Yolanda, has placed into action a Strategic Response Plan to reduce the risk of mortality and morbidity among children 0-59 months in the typhoon affected areas by maintaining the nutritional status of said vulnerable group.
The response plan addresses: Promotion and protection of infant and young child feeding in emergencies (IYCF-E) as life saving child survival interventions, Promotion and protection of infant and young child feeding in emergencies (IYCF-E) as life saving child survival interventions;
Prevention and management of acute malnutrition and micronutrient deficiencies among vulnerable; Nutrition assessment and information management; and Strengthening cluster, coordination capacity focusing on sub- national level. Its Nutrition Component consists of Assessment/Screening, IYCF, MAM Management, MAM Prevention, Micronutrient Supplementation Program, and SAM Management.
Tacloban City- The SMART (Standardized Monitoring and Assessment of Relief and Transitions) Survey started on February 3 in typhoon-affected areas in the region. The specific areas covered by the survey are the provinces of Leyte with nine (9) municipalities, Eastern Samar with three (3) municipalities, one (1) municipality in Samar, and the entire cities of Ormoc and Tacloban
SMART is a nutrition survey which aims to gather information on the status of malnutrition in typhoon Yolanda-affected areas (Region 6, 7, 8). It is conducted by the National Nutrition Cluster,a partnership between the National Nutrition Council of the Department of Health with financial and technical assistance of the Spain and Philippine offices of the Action Against Hunger (ACF), one of the international NGO members of the Nutrition Cluster.
A total of 54 barangays will be surveyed between February 3 and 28, 2014. The results of the survey will be shared during a workshop in March 2014 and will be used to further improve the planning and implementation of disaster response interventions in the areas affected by Typhoon Yolanda.
The city is the only recipient local government unit in Eastern Visayas of the CROWN Award. This is the second year that Maasin City received such recognition.
In joyous mode, City Mayor Maloney Samaco and members of the City Nutrition Committee received the award in the 2013 National Nutrition Awarding held Tuesday at the Philippine International Convention Center.
Samaco, a mayor of 85,000 people in 70 barangays, admitted that it will be tough for them to maintain the performance and step up to aspire for the Nutrition Honor Award (NHA), an recognition given to CROWN awardees that have consistently shown excellent nutrition program implementation.
Mobilizing community support groups for the reduction of child mortality and morbidity through optimal feeding of infants and young children is the goal of the “Refresher Course on IYCF Counseling and Community Support with Gender Concerns”.
The 4-day live-in training was attended by some 25 District Nutrition Program Coordinators (DNPCs) and Provincial and City Nutrition Action Officers (P/CNAOs) around Eastern Visayas region. The activity was sponsored by the National Nutrition Council, Region 8 and was conducted at the Hotel Alejandro, this city, on Oct. 8-11, 2013.
Participants to said refresher course are expected to conduct roll-out trainings of the same in their respective jurisdictions, with the aim to multiply and increase the population of IYCF advocates and counselors, with priority on the organization or creation of functional support groups at barangay level--who can act and serve as peer counselors in the community.
Despite the discrepancies of testing results between that of Department of Science and Technology (DOST) here from that of the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) in Cebu on the iodine content of Table Salt shipments arriving in the Port of Tacloban City, still both analysis showed that most Table Salt arriving in Eastern Visayas are not adequately iodized.
This came out in a meeting of the Regional Bantay Asin Task Force (RBATF) Region 8 held on September 12, 2013 at the Ritz Tower de Leyte, this city.
The RBATF test results of salt samples for iodine content through the DOST Laboratory with the use of WYD Checker. The DOST Laboratory being not accredited yet for said analysis, the same salt samples were analyzed again by FDA Cebu.
Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator Segundina Devota A. Dilao, National Nutrition Council Region 8 (NNC-8), explained this in her presentation of the Revised Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos to media-group partner Harmonized Initiatives of Media for the Spread of Good Nutrition in Region 8 (HIMSOG-8) for advocacy and promotion.
The NGF is the government’s primary recommendations to promote good health through proper nutrition. It is composed of simple statements that give advice on the consumption of foods and food components for which there are public health concerns. It aims to improve the nutritional status, productivity and quality of life of the Filipino population, through adoption of desirable dietary practices and healthy lifestyle.
THE TITLE OF THIS ARTICLE, “Breastmilk is the only safe and readily available food for infant” is one of the “Mandatory Standard Messages” included by the Inter-Agency Committee in regards to marketing, advertisement and sale of breastmilk substitutes, breastmilk supplements and related products in compliance to Executive Order No. 51 entitled “Adopting a National Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes, Breastmilk Supplements and Related Products, Penalizing Violations Thereof, and For Other Purposes.”
The Inter-Agency Committee (IAC), composed by the Department of Health as the chair and the Department of Justice, the Department of Trade and Industry, and the Department of Social Welfare and Development as members among others has the powers:
To review and examine all advertising, promotion or other marketing materials, whether written, audio or visual and to approve or disapprove, delete objectionable portions from and prohibit the printing, publication, distribution, exhibition and broadcast of, all advertising promotion or other marketing materials, whether written, audio or visual, on products within the scope of the Code.
Held at Biri Rock Island in Northern Samar, the 15 NNC staff from the two regional offices in the Visayas grabbed the chance to work together as a team not through paper works, but in a different manner.
“Various team building activities help us realize the importance of each other in bringing down the prevalence of malnutrition in the Visayas,” said NNC Region 8 OIC Nutrition Program Coordinator Segundina Devota A. Dilao.