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RO9 NeuraltubeBirth defects of any type have a major impact on the lives of affected children and their families. The National Institute for Health stated that folate-sensitive neural tube defects (NTDs) are an important, preventable cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. There is a need to describe the current global burden of NTDs and identify gaps in available NTD data. Neural tube defects (NTDs), serious birth defects of the brain and spine, are a major, preventable public health burden.

According to a study conducted by Christianson et.al in 2006, it is estimated that approximately 300,000 babies are born each year with NTDs globally, resulting in approximately 88,000 deaths and 8.6 million disability-adjusted life years (DALYs). In low income countries, NTDs may account for 29% of neonatal deaths due to observable birth defects. A study by Blencowe in 2010, revealed that in low income countries, NTDs may account for 29% of neonatal deaths due to observable birth defects.

RO9 prenatalPrenatal vitamins are supplements made for pregnant women to give their bodies the vitamins and minerals needed for a healthy pregnancy. The Department of Health (DOH)  suggests that you take them when you begin to plan for pregnancy, as well as while you’re pregnant. Prenatal vitamins help ensure that a pregnant woman gets the adequate nutrients she needs for a healthy pregnancy. However, the four micro-nutrients needed the most during pregnancy are Folic Acid, Calcium, Iodine, and Iron.

Maternal Nutrient Deficiency, or MND, is a common occurrence in the Philippines. Based on the latest FNRI Nutritional Survey, 89.5% of pregnant Filipino women don’t meet their daily calcium requirements, 37.5% don’t get enough folate, and an alarming 99.2% don’t meet iron requirements. There are also 76.2% who don’t meet daily protein requirements, 21.5% who lack zinc, 27.3% who don’t have enough iodine, and 83.5% who don’t meet their energy needs.

RO9 NegativePregnancyEarly pregnancy is one of the pressing issues Filipino youths are facing today. The Philippines has one of the highest teenage pregnancy rates among the ASEAN member states despite the decrease of total live births of teenage mothers (aged 10-19) in 2016 (203,085) to 183,000 in 2019. According to the Commission on Population and Development (PopCom), the Philippines has recorded a 7% increase in births among girls aged 15 and below in 2019. Filipino minors who gave birth in 2019 increased to 62,510 from 62,341 in 2018. In 2019, 2,411 very young adolescents aged 10 to 14 gave birth, or almost seven every day. One in three births among minors occurred in the three regions of Calabarzon with 8,008, National Capital Region with 7,546, and Central Luzon with 7,523 births. Outside Luzon, the highest number of minors who gave birth were in Northern Mindanao with 4,747 cases, Davao Region with 4,551, and Central Visayas with 4,541.

RO9 EmergencyTTKThe long wait is over. The Tutok Kainan will finally push through to continue the advocacy to end the stunting problem in the country. On March 12, 2021, the National Nutrition Council (NNC) conducted an orientation on the Tutok Kainan: Dietary Supplementation Program through Google virtual meet as the COVID-19 protocol should be strictly followed. It was headed by Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator Nimfa D. Ekong together with Nutrition Officer III Elton Peligrino, Program Nutrition Coordinator for ZDN Marie-Claire Gaas, Nutrition Officer I Cielo Katrina Mabalot, and Zhalimar Patulada to disseminate the Tutok Kainan guidelines.

RO9 ObesityOverweight and obesity are defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a medical condition that occurs when there is an abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that presents a health risk. It is often a major risk factor for the development of potentially serious health problems such as type 2 Diabetes Mellitus, cardiovascular diseases, cancer of the uterus, cervix, endometrium, ovary, breast, colon, rectum, esophagus, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, kidney, and prostate, renal diseases, degenerative arthritis, infertility among women and erectile dysfunction among men. Non-communicable diseases were the leading causes of mortality, morbidity and disability in the Philippines today.

RO9 Webby2021The National Nutrition Council Region IX bagged a webby award for the THIRD consecutive time during the 2020 4th Quarter Webby Award was held on 17 March 2021 during the 2nd day of the 1st Management Conference of the National Nutrition Council via Zoom.

NNC 9 was awarded as the WINNER for the third consecutive time of the category “Highest Number of Articles Posted” during the 4th Quarter of 2020. NNC 9 posted in the regional webpage sixty (60) articles. NNC 9 won the same award during the 2nd and 3rd Quarter Webby Awards where thirty-two (32) and twenty-seven (27) articles were posted, respectively.