Kalamidad Paghandaan: Gutom at Malnutrisyon Agapan!TACLOBAN CITY, (PNA) -- The National Nutrition Council (NNC) in Eastern Visayas has lined up month-long activities for the nutrition month slated in July.

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.

It will be followed by a short program and ceremonial signing of pledge of commitment of this year’s theme key messages by representatives from LGU, national line agencies, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and other partner humanitarian agencies.

This 40th year, the celebration anchors on the theme “Kalamidad Paghandaan: Gutom at Malnutrisyon Agapan.”

Dotollo said that the theme is very timely with the more frequent and devastating disasters that struck the country and how the families can cope without sacrificing the good nutrition of each one in the communities especially the children.

Other activities include an agri-fair, symposium focusing on nutrition in emergency preparedness, government agency-hopping for nutrition counselling, cooking contest with recipe for cooking contest and Barangay Nutrition Scholars in Action, an audio-visual presentation on how the BNS responded in the aftermath of Yolanda.

It will culminate with a Nutrition Summit to be hosted by the UNICEF.

The observance of the National Nutrition Month is pursuant to Presidential Decree 49, the National Nutrition Act of the Philippines, signed on June 25, 1974. (PNA) LAM/PGL/VCARNAIZ

Leyte Province Official SealTACLOBAN 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.

Implementation of e-MiCproject was started in the Municipality of Sta. Fe, Leyte on September 26, 2013 at Barangay San Isidro. Sta. Fe town was reported with the highest number of malnourished children in Leyte. The first beneficiaries in this town are 65 underweight children: 0-3 years old, 3-5 years old enrolled in day care centers, and 3-5 years old not enrolled in the day care centers.

Napari said that priority for the project implementation is 10 nutritionally deficient municipalities in Leyte needing outright interventions namely: Sta. Fe, Pastrana, San Miguel, Tabon-tabon, Kanangga, Alang-alang, Tabango, Mayorga, MacArthur, and Leyte-Leyte. These 11 towns topped in prevalence of underweight children in the 2012 Operation Timbang (OPT) result.

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