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RMS MalitbogPALO, Leyte - The Rural Health Unit of Malitbog in Southern Leyte has conducted a feedbacking session on Philippine Integrated Management of Acute Malnutrition (PIMAM) to all its nutrition and health staff on May 5, 2022.

This after, some selected personnel completed the live-in PIMAM training in Ormoc City from April 27-29, 2022.

It was organized and funded by UNICEF and Samaritan’s Purse, in coordination with the Provincial Health Office of Southern Leyte.

The feedbacking aims to increase the knowledge of service providers to capacitate them in properly managing and treating malnutrition and address the increasing prevalence of SAM (Severe Acute Malnutrition) and MAM (Moderate Acute Malnutrition).

During the activity, it was agreed that the RHU staff would manage the evaluation and comparison of data collected by BNS, BHW and other health service providers, follow the simplified PIMAM protocol in dispensing RUTF for SAM (2 RUTF) and MAM (1 RUTF).

When conducting counseling, it was emphasized that building rapport with the parents or guardians must be practiced to uncover the reason for the child’s nutritional status, including the non-disclosure of confidential information collected during the consultation or follow a confidentiality agreement.

Cervical cancerThe month of May has been declared as Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, to spread the word and improve understanding on this illness.

Cervical Cancer is the second most common form of Cancer among women in the Philippines.

In 2020, an estimated 604, 000 women were diagnosed with cervical cancer worldwide and about 342, 000 women died from the disease. High incidence rates and high mortality rates of cervical cancer occur mainly (~90% for both) in low- and middle-income countries.

The main cause of cervical cancer is persistent infection with high-risk types of human papillomavirus (HPV), an extremely common family of viruses that are transmitted through sexual contact.

Samar ARBOsCALBIGA, Samar- Samar Provincial Nutrition Focal Point (PNFP) of the National Nutrition Council Region 8, Ms. Irene F. Dagami, conducted an orientation on Tutok Kainan Dietary Supplementation Program among Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Organizations (ARBOs).

Present during the orientation were the two ARBO presidents and some of its members. Calbiga Municipal Nutrition Action Officer Ms. Evelyn Piscos-Jabonete, Municipal Agrarian Reform Officer and staff also joined the activity.

Dagami also discussed the salient features of the Marketing Agreement (MA) such as role and responsibilities of the partners.

BNS MacrohonMACROHON, Southern Leyte – The National Nutrition Council has conducted a Basic Training Course for the Barangay Nutrition Scholars of Marcohon town in Southern Leyte on April 25-29, 2022.

NNC8 technical staff headed by RNPC Catalino P. Dotollo, Jr. led the five-day training organized and funded by the local government unit.

Ms. Romalyn Sacay, Municipal Nutrition Action Officer, initiated the training assisted by Rural Health Unit staff headed by Dr. Pilar Abaday, the Municipal Health Officer.

The training was initiated by the Municipal Nutrition Action Officer, Romalyn Sacay and the RHU staff headed by Dr. Pilar Abaday. The MNAO invited NNC 8 team to facilitate and serve as resource speakers to train and reorient both new and old 31 Barangay Nutrition Scholars.

Anthropometric tools turnoverUNICEF through the Samaritans Purse has turned over anthropometric tools to the local government unit of Maasin City on April 21, 2022.

The event was attended by Maasin City Mayor Nacional Mercado. The anthropometric tools are intended to be used by Maasin City Health Offices and their respective Barangay Health Stations.

Dr. Jocelyn Anas-Orito, City Health Officer 1 of CHO II; Dr. Francilisa Tan, City Nutrition Action Officer; Ms. Michelle Siega, Nutrition Program Coordinator; and staff of the three City Health Offices and Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNSs) received the said equipment together with other nutrition supplies.

Said supplies and equipment will be used by the BNSs in the case finding of malnourished children particularly those with moderate and severe acute malnutrition (MAM/SAM) and likewise those that are moderately and severely stunted.

Samaritans Purse Team oriented and demonstrated to the Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNSs) how to use properly said equipment. New mid-upper arm circumference (MUAC) tapes were also given.

eOPT MOPTACLOBAN CITY - The National Nutrition Council initiated a consultative workshop for the Development of the Operation Timbang Plus (OPT Plus) Manual of Operations (MOP) and Data Quality Check (DQC) for Integration in the Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Level Plan Implementation (MELLPI) Pro.

The workshop was commissioned to the University of the Philippines-Los Banos and funded by the UNICEF-KOICA.

The workshop was participated by the Provincial/City/Municipal Nutrition Action Officers, Rural Health Midwives (RHMs), Barangay Kagawad, Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) representative, Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNSs), and Barangay Health Workers (BHWs).

All the participants are coming from the UNICEF-KOICA assisted LGUs of Samar and North Samar provinces.

RHM, BNS and BHW from Tacloban City also participated in the local consultative workshop as preparation of the piloting of the MOP and revised Implement Guidelines (IG) in the city.