Spring Floral Collage WallpaperThe National Nutrition Council Caraga, spearheaded by OIC-NPC Retsebeth M. Laquihon, RND, MPD, MDM, meets with the co-founder of the Breastfeeding Nanays sa Caraga, Ms. Rhea Carampatana, to coordinate activities in support of the First 1000 Days Campaign.

Breastfeeding Nanays sa Caraga, which was founded in the year 2014 with only six members, is a support group of mothers who supports the campaign on exclusive breastfeeding and counsels expectant and lactating mothers on good child-bearing and child-rearing practices. As a way of bolstering the effort to advocate for good maternal and child nutrition, in support to the First 1000 Days campaing, NNC Caraga proposed activities that will enable more mothers through the Breastfeeding Nanays sa Caraga to be educated not only on the benefits exclusive and continued breastfeeding but also on the whole pacakge of the First 1000 Days program of the Department of Health and NNC.

The first 1,000 days of life - the time spanning roughly between conception and one’s second birthday - is a unique period of opportunity when the foundations of optimum health, growth, and neurodevelopment across the lifespan are established. Malnutrition weaken this foundation leading to earlier mortality and significant morbidities such as poor health, and more insidiously, substantial loss of neurodevelopmental potential. The First 1000 Days program includes six critical interventions in which exclusive breastfeeding is given importance in the first 6 months of life of the infant. 

OIC-NPC Laquihon together with NOII Leah Vina Vargas and NOI Raphael Ochavo presented the PPAN 2017-2022 framework and the eNNS result for the City of Butuan and Agusan del Norte Province as a springboard and basis on the need to put more effort in campaigning and advocating for the First 1000 Days program. Various proposed activities were also presented to BFN sa Caraga to have a colloborative approach in campaigning for the First 1000 Days Program. Ms. Carampatana expressed her interest and pledged for commitment as they continue to pursue their organization's objective to guide and counsel expectant mothers, pregnant and lactating women. NNC Caraga and BFN sa Caraga collaborative activities is expected to commence on the second quarter of the year 2021

Author: NOI Raphael P. Ochavo, RN