National Nutrition Council recognized by DOH for Typhoon Yolanda response

PASAY CITY – The Department of Health (DOH) has given its recognition to all local government units, health offices and agencies, medical and health personnel and foreign partners that immediately responded to help Typhoon Yolanda victims in a ceremony held at the Heritage Hotel here last July 25, 2014.

In recognizing the LGUs, local response teams, foreign partners, DOH regional offices, DOH hospitals and medical centers, bureaus, services, and offices of the DOH Central Office, and DOH attached agencies that included almost 9,000 medical/health personnel from about 222 institutions and agencies, including the 351 medical teams both local and foreign, Secretary of Health Enrique T. Ona has expressed his heartfelt gratitude for their courageous response, and dedicating their time, services, expertise and resources to help the victims of Typhoon Yolanda during the ceremony entitled “Awarding of the Unsung Heroes: Ty Yolanda Responders”.

Representing the National Nutrition Council, Ms. Dianne Kristine P. Cornejo, Nutrition Officer III, and Ms. Margarita DC. Enriquez, Nutrition Officer II of the Nutrition Policy and Planning Division, received the plaque and certificates of appreciation from Secretary Ona.

The NNC had barely assumed chairmanship of the National Nutrition Cluster when Typhoon Yolanda hit the country on November 8, 2013 but aggresively participated in the deployment of the DOH Response Team. The Council provided technical assistance, distribution and administration of vitamin A supplements, and counseling on infant and young child feeding. The NNC NCR office, together with the barangay nutrition scholars, participated in the operations at the Villamor Air Base, with two NNC staff volunteering to wet-nurse the infants in the temporary shelters. The NNC regional offices received and collated reports on nutrition services being delivered. The NNC was also a key player in the conduct of the SMART (Standardized Monitoring and Assessment of Relief and Transitions) survey, particularly in data collection, data collation, report writing, and dissemination of survey results. Results of the SMART survey supported the National and Regional Nutrition Clusters in prioritizing resources and planning and adjusting the nutrition response and its targets. Results of the SMART survey were shared with the Cabinet Cluster on Human Development and Poverty Reduction for their information and for them to consider nutrition activities that can be integrated in their existing programs.

The NNC also worked with the Global Nutrition Cluster by providing a first-hand experience on the cluster approach for humanitarian action in nutrition. And, true to the theme of Nutrition Month 2014, Kalamidad paghandaan: Gutom at malnutrisyon agapan!” (Prepare for emergencies to prevent hunger and malnutrition!), the NNC 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 every-one’s right to nutrition especially among the vulner-able, prevent a worsening of the nutritional status of populations affected, and to prevent death.#