D. CANDIDO, PIA Eastern Samar
September 3, 2014
BORONGAN CITY, Eastern Samar – The Provincial Health Office of Eastern
Samar in partnership with the Health Organization Mindanao (HOM) with
the support of United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund
(UNICEF) and Action Contre la Faim (ACF) International will be
conducting a Samar-wide Nutrition Summit this coming October at
Serenada, Baybay Boulevard this city.
According to Ms. Sallie C. Jabinal, Provincial Nutrition Action
Officer, Province of Eastern Samar, the main goal of the said summit
is to ensure that strong commitments are made by leaders from the
different sectors of our society and take the event as a platform to
focus on nutrition as a social justice issue.
Jabinal added that this summit is also anchored on the belief that
preventing malnutrition must include various multi-sectoral
initiatives, such as poverty reduction, improvements in basic health
care, infrastructure, and sanitation, food insecurity reduction,
better response during and after emergencies, and many others.
She further said that the campaign on the "Zero Malnutrition Now" is
up which sends a strong statement that we need to speak out together
for a more just and fair society, highlighting on the power of coming
together and making the case public for strong action of leaders.
"If malnutrition will not be addressed within the first two years of
life, it affects in long term on the over-all human productivity and
economic development", Jabinal said.
The participants of this summit are Provincial Governors of the three
provinces, City / Municipal Mayors and policy makers/planners are the
primary target of this Summit.
The advocacy should bring them to support the nutrition initiative by
creating ordinances and allocating adequate budget for the program to
Also invited are Nutrition Champions who will be speaking out about
the campaign's aim and the need to tackle malnutrition such as young
advocate, an expert or activist on the issue, religious leaders,
academe, local celebrity or performers and media.
About 100 participants are expected to attend the said summit.
This summit is also in partnership with Plan International, Bukidnon
Resource Management Foundation Incorporated (BRMFI), Save the Children
and Teres de Hommes.