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NIEM March16 18 2022Butuan City--31 nutrition implementers and advocates successfully finished the 3-day crash course on Nutrition in Emergencies focusing concepts on the Philippine Integrated Management on Acute Malnutrition (PIMAM) and the Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies (IYCF-E) on 16-18 March 2022 at the Balanghai Hotel, Butuan City.

The 3-day crash course is a skill and enhancement training for service providers specifically for Odette ravaged areas where number of malnourished children pose risk and deterioration.

With the support of the Samaritan’s Purse through UNICEF, the crash course focused on nutrition package interventions during emergencies, including the assessment and management of acute malnutrition.

Dr. Martin Parreno, one of the speakers and nutrition and health specialist of UNICEF believed that the crash course will help the doctors, nurses and service providers at the local government unit to assess and identify children who need help, particularly those with severe acute malnutrition conditions.

Topics included during the 3-day training are: nutrition in emergencies, nutrition assessment and return demonstration, micronutrient supplementation and Dietary Supplementation, community mobilization in PIMAM, clinical manifestation of acute malnutrition, community-based management of at-risk mothers and infants, and minimum service package for nutrition.

Meanwhile, Dr. Niño Archie Labordo the Officer-in-Charge of the National Nutrition Council Caraga extended its admiration to the support provided by UNICEF through Samaritan's Purse, World Food Programme, DOH Caraga and the sending Local Government Units of the Province of Dinagat Islands and Surigao del Norte.

The first ever crash course of NIEM with PIMAM and IYCF-E in the country was attended by 16 medical doctors, 3 nutritionist dieticians, 3 nurses, 6 nutrition officers, 1 sanitary inspector, 1 district nutrition program coordinator and 1 provincial nutrition action officer. #NASLabordo