8.18.2014

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Natl Nutrition Council organizes regl cluster for nutrition in emergencies

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 16 (PIA) – The National Nutrition Council (NNC) Caraga will formalize the organization of the Regional Nutrition Cluster for Nutrition in Emergencies as a sub-cluster of Health and Emergency System of the Department of Health (DOH) on August 20, 2014 at Patria’s Inn and Resto Bar, this city.

This gathering is also in time with its 3rd quarter Regional Nutrition Committee Meeting. 

According to DOH-Caraga regional director Minerva Molon, the purpose of said activity is to provide nutrition updates relative to nutrition program implementation and support to policy adoption for specific nutrition policies for a sustainable nutrition program in the region.

“There is a need to organize the regional nutrition cluster to address the nutritional needs of victims of disasters and emergencies to prevent worsening of malnutrition problem as a result of the calamity through provision of the minimum nutrition service package,” Molon stressed.

It can be recalled that the NNC conducted a Regional Orientation on the Organization of Nutrition Cluster for Nutrition in Emergencies last July 4, 2014. Majority of the RNC member agencies through their nutrition focal person attended the activity.


The NNC also worked with the Global Nutrition Cluster providing a first-hand experience on the cluster approach for humanitarian action in nutrition. It continues to be committed to facilitate and catalyze processes to improve the performance of the national and local nutrition clusters in all phases: preparedness, response, and recovery, to protect everyone’s right to nutrition especially among the vulnerable, prevent a worsening of the nutritional status of populations affected, and to prevent death. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)