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abuyog2ABUYOG, Leyte -- Already engaged in an aggressive war against malnutrition, the local government of Abuyog town through its Rural Health Unit here has aimed to reduce its malnutrition problems by 10% year after year.

On this aspect it has scaled up some of its intervention programs particularly micronutrient supplementation to pregnant women and lactating mothers--as in iron, vitamin A, and iodine where deficiency makes the most common causes of malnutrition as in anemia, night blindness and goiter.

With the cooperation and assistance of Barangay Health Workers (BHWs) and Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNSs) deworming of children in this municipality is conducted every six months--during the months of January and July, to ensure that children get maximum benefit of the food they eat for their growth.

These program activities were revealed by Dr. Amelia Gacis, Municipal Health Officer of Abuyog, in lieu of Abuyog Mayor Lemuel Gin K Traya’s State of Nutrition Address, during the orientation, launching and media caravan of Early Childhood Care and Development - Intervention Package (ECCD-IP) for First 1000 Days in this municipality on August 31, this year.

mahaplagMAHAPLAG, Leyte -- A Geodetic Engineer by profession Mayor Daisy Abuyabor Lleve of this town understands nutrition proficiently, believing it is a good investment--that under-nutrition is not only a consequence but it is also a cause of poverty, passed-on in a vicious cycle to the next generations.

Mayor Lleve expressed this in a State of Nutrition Address during the orientation and launching of Early Childhood Care and Development - Intervention Package (ECCD-IP) for First 1000 Days held on August 30, 2016 at the town's gymnasium, here.

7-4TACLOBAN CITY- Taking strategic advantage of First 1000 Days of Life as unique “Window of Opportunity” to give children the right start of life forever, the Early Childhood Care and Development- Intervention Package (ECCD-IP) for First 1000 Days, was introduced to the prime mover of good nutrition in Eastern Visayas region.

Dr. Catalino P. Dotollo, Jr., Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator of National Nutrition Council (NNC), detailed the intervention package to the Regional Technical Working Group (RTWG) and Harmonized Initiative of Media for the Spread of Good Nutrition in Region 8 (HIMSoG-8) in a joint meeting held on August 4, 2016 at Hotel Alejandro, here.

Focus on the First 1000 Days is in essence with the Early Years Act (RA 10410) that refers to the full range of health, nutrition, early education, and social services development program for the holistic needs of young children. However it further narrows down the age-group to the golden window of opportunity for the child’s growth and development, which includes the time of conception while the baby is still in the womb (during pregnancy), until the baby is born and two years of age.

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sunCANDAHUG, Palo, Leyte -- Scaling-Up Nutrition (SUN)   in Eastern Visayas got a push in an “Orientation and Advocacy Meeting” conducted by the Family Health Unit of the Department of Health Region VIII (DoH-8) on July 21, 2016 at DOH regional office, here. The one-day event, which gave focus on the First 1000 Days of Life, was attended by staff and personnel of Family Health Unit and Health Promotion Unit of DOH-RO VIII , Provincial Health Officers, City Health Officers, Nutrition Program Coordinators, Health Education and Promotion Officers and Development and Management officers from various provinces and cities in the region. Speakers were Dr. Catalino P. Dotollo, Jr., Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator of National Nutrition Council Region 8 (NNC-8), who tackled the Local Nutrition Situation; and Felicita R. Borata, DOH Regional Nutrition Program Manager, who took up the SUN Movement and the First 1000 Days.

It was learned that SUN is a worldwide movement founded on the principle--that all people have a right to food and good nutrition. That it is supporting 55 countries, which the Philippines recently became a member.