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27 July 2021, Cagayan de Oro City – The National Nutrition Council (NNC) X conducted the Local Nutrition Early Warning System for Food and Nutrition Security (LNEWS-FNS) Program Implementation Review (PIR) and 1st semester monitoring last 26 July 2021 via Zoom. It was attended by eight (8) core group members from program areas Bonifacio, Misamis Occidental, Kadingilan and Talakag, Bukidnon and facilitated by Nutrition Officers Arlie Joy O. Damiles and Liezel Joy D. Reyes.

The PIR was held to determine the factors that facilitated the implementation of the LNEWS-FNS and to immediately address any challenges encountered by the local government units (LGUs). These were identified through workshop sessions: 1) Assessment of LNEWS-FNS Implementation Process; and 2) Successes and positive outcomes resulting from the use of LNEWS-FNS data.

Municipal Nutrition Action Officers presented LNEWS survey results highlighting the four-quarter trend of food security and the nutrition situation in their municipality for the year 2019. Most of the indicators’ alerts status are in normal condition or has minimal impact. However, the price of select food items increased and at a critical level that affects food accessibility.

Valencia City Central Kitchen(21 July 2021, Valencia City — Trisha Mae Butlay, RND) The Central Kitchen of the City Government of Valencia was established as one of the COVID-19 responses and has been operating for more than one (1) year now since March 2020.

The hands behind the Central Kitchen diligently serve food to their main clients, namely the frontliners, patients in isolation units, and health personnel manning the vaccination site. Every day, 28 kitchen staff grind from 4:00 AM to 4:00 PM to produce 1,300-1,500 healthy and nutritious food packs.

They also initiated other activities related to nutrition such as food gardening (backyard and urban). Being situated within the NUTRILAND in Brgy. Pinatilan, the team also do beautification of the 2.5-hectare land. Given this, not only do frontliners benefit from the hard work of Central Kitchen staff, but as well as the target beneficiaries of the NUTRILAND. Further, kitchen staff are subject to regular weight monitoring, and they also conduct maintenance activities in the kitchen.

6 Critical Intervention in the First 1000 days 1The First 1000 days starts from conception up to the first two years of a child; it is divided into three (3) essential parts: 270 days of conception and pregnancy,180 days covering 0-6 months of the infant and another 550 days for the 6th to 24th month of a child’s life. Interventions made in this period have profound impacts on a child’s ability to grow, learn and thrive. It is in this time that mothers and children should be well nourished and cared for. As such, this period is also dubbed as the “golden window of opportunity”.

Six critical interventions are laid out based on studies, these interventions should be continued and scaled up in order to establish optimum health, growth, and neurodevelopment across the lifespan. To add, World Health Organization and the Lancet Journal emphasizes that at least 90% coverage of services must be met to reduce stunting by 20%.

These six critical interventions are subdivided into the 3 essential parts of the first 1000 days:

21 July Updating Meeting with R10 Nutrition Networks25 July 2021, Cagayan de Oro City – Over 90 participants joined the Updating Meeting for Region 10 Nutrition Networks held 21 July 2021 via Zoom. Participants were composed of Regional Nutrition Committee-Technical Working Group (RTWG) members, Nutrition Action Officers, District/City Nutrition Program Coordinators, Barangay Nutrition Scholars, and Nutritionist-Dietitians under the Human Resource for Health Program of the Department of Health.

Prior the presentation of updates, National Nutrition Council Executive Director Azucena M. Dayanghirang, MD, MCH CESO III gave an inspirational talk about the 2021 Nutrition Month campaign, urging stakeholders to unify efforts to combat malnutrition through the First 1000 Days.

The activity served as the first venue among nutrition workers for the discussion on the upcoming full devolution in 2022, per the Mandanas-Garcia Supreme Court Ruling. The discussion of the said topic was facilitated by Ms. Blanche B. Villamor, Local Government Operations Officer V of the Department of the Interior and Local Government X. In her presentation, Ms. Villamor highlighted the increase in the National Tax Allotment (NTA) shares of the local government units. This will entail devolved programs and more program ownership by the local governments, and increased potential investments for nutrition, most especially resource enhancements in the LGUs.

infographics World Hepatitis Day

Hepatitis refers to the inflammation of the liver. It is commonly caused by a viral infection, and the other causes of hepatitis are substance abuse such as alcohol and certain drugs, and autoimmune diseases.

Hepatitis viral infection is classified into five (5) types, namely: Hepatitis A (HAV), B (HBV), C (HCV), D (HDV) and E (HEV). Among these 5 viruses, HBV and HCV cause most of liver cirrhosis and cancer cases, which affect millions of lives globally. HAV and HEV are transmitted through ingestion of contaminated food and water, while HBV, HCV and HDV are caused by direct contact to infected blood and body fluids, and contaminated medical paraphernalia like a syringe. Every year, the World Health Organization (WHO) records 1.1 million deaths and 1.3 million new HBV and HCV infections.

For the liver to cope with any hepatitis viral infection, a patient must take the following nutritional considerations:

17 Nutrition for PWD infoEvery third week of July is celebrated as the National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week per Proclamation No. 1870, which was issued on 22 June 1970 to culminate the birthdate of one the country’s national heroes, The Sublime Paralytic: Apolinario Mabini.

The United Nations identify Persons with Disabilities (PWD) as those who have long-term physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairments which may hinder their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others.

Based on the World Health Organization, over 1 billion people globally, or approximately 15% of the world’s population, have some form of disability. About 80% PWDs in the world live in low-income countries, wherein majority are poor and cannot access basic services. With their conditions, they need greater attention and considerations in terms of health needs, without discrimination.