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 The impact of good nutrition early in life can reach far into the future. Children who get the right nutrition in their first 1,000 days in life are 10 times more likely to overcome the most life - threatening childhood diseases, complete 4.6 more grades of school, go on to earn 21% more in wages as adults, and are more likely as adults to have healthier families (www.thousanddays.org).

Creating an enabling environment through the participation of the parents and caregivers themselves as well as the Local Government Units and other stakeholders to focus on providing appropriate interventions on the first 1,000 days in life will ultimately lead to decreased maternal and childhood morbidity and mortality.   

Thus, the Family Health and Nutrition Cluster launched the first Department of Health  Baby Expo in cooperation with the Bacolod City Health Office on December 23, 2014 at Robinson’s Place, Bacolod City. The purpose was to promote the importance of the first 1,000 days in life among various stakeholders primarily mothers and caregivers. The activity provided health and nutrition information, updates and a good opportunity to tackle issues and concerns related to the care of the pregnant woman and her baby from conception to two years or what is referred to as the first 1000 days in life. These were presented through the following topics: Care of the Pregnant Woman, A Mother’s Testimony on Exclusive Breastfeeding, Complementary Feeding Techniques and What It Meant to be a Fully Immunized Child.

 

The Department of Health Regional Office 6 conducted Garantisadong Pambata (GP) Forum and Conference at the Sarabia Manor Hotel, Iloilo City last October 13, 2014. The objected was to provide updates on the Expanded GP service and to facilitate LGU planning for advocacy and in sustaining the gains of GP activities/services in the provinces and cities.

Dr. Renilyn Reyes, FHN Cluster Head provided updates on Child Health and Nutrition services especially on the expanded program on immunization.  Ms. Azucena Arroyo, Nutitionist-Dietitian presented the status of Vitamin A supplementation and logistical support, while Dr. Marie Jocelyn Te, Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases coordinator provided inputs on deworming.

Ms. Sherlyn Sedantes, Nutrition Officer II of the National Nutrition Council presented the status of submission of the 2014 "Operation Timbang" (OPT) results of preschool children. Ms. Melgazar Barboza, Nutritionist-Dietitian II of the Department of Education presented the nutritional stauts of school children.