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no3 vargas rncl meeting 32017Last March 30, 2017 at Luciana Annex, Butuan City, the Regional Nutrition Cluster conducted the 1st quarterly meeting. To strengthen the organization, its duties and updates. The main objective of the meeting is to reiterate the participants on the overview of the Nutrition Cluster. The said meeting was facilitated by the National Nutrition Council Caraga together with DOH Caraga Nutrition Coordinator, Teresita Lina Medrano.

NO III Vargas gave an overview of the Nutrition Cluster, she also reiterated the importance of IYCF and the role of RNC members on strengthening the program at their level.  NO II Sablas and NO I Atienza discussed the Nutrition Initial Needs Assessment (NINA) and the Guidelines on conducting Nutrition in Emergency Assessment to provide users common understanding on the tool and also NO III Vargas oriented the participants on how to use and fill up the 3 pages NINA tool.

Ms Medrano presented the Nutrition in Emergency (NiE) assessment report done last Feb 27-March 3,2017 at Surigao del Norte, it is collaboration activity with NNC Caraga technical group to assess nutritional status of the affected area during the recent calamity especially the most vulnerable group. Only one evacuation was identified in the area which is in the Municipality of Mainit specifically at Quezon elementary school. Ms. Medrano also highlighted that during their meeting at Surigao City Health Office and Surigao del Norte Provincial Office, Nutrition cluster is not available to give immediate support to the affected areas. Thus, there is a need to organize a Regional Nutrition Cluster for Emergency.

NO III Vargas, presented the status of the Capacity Mapping, ND IV Medrano also conducted equipment inventory and presented her data on the logistics provided by DOH to the LGU’s

Agreement was made among with the members to strengthen the Regional Nutrition Cluster. Next meeting, the cluster will conduct planning of activities to facilitate on providing aid specially during calamities.