Philippines Makes Major Commitment to Promote Nutrition
Editor's Note: As we've just reported, Pakistan has signed on to the SUN Movement, which allows countries to collaborate with donors and partners in development to increase nutritional interventions where they are most needed. We're pleased to share that another country in the Action Against Hunger network, the Philippines, has also just signed. Read below to learn more from our in-country Advocacy Manager.
The Philippine initiative to participate in the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement was signed yesterday, July 2, 2013, at the historic Manila Hotel. The signing of the initiative was the highlight of the national launch of the Nutrition Month in the Philippines, for which the theme this year is "Gutom at malnutrisyon, sama-sama nating wakasan!" ("Let’s end hunger and malnutrition together!")
The Philippines is one of 36 high-burden countries in the world for undernutrition. One in three children under the age of five suffers from chronic malnutrition, while one in fourteen grapples with acute malnutrition. A growing number are obese, more likely from their inability to secure a balanced, nutritious diet. The government’s commitment to the SUN Movement could enable the country tackle all its gaps in nutrition more earnestly.
Representatives from the Philippine government, particularly the Department of Health, Department of Agriculture, and the National Economic and Development Authority, along with their counterparts from the United Nations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), civil society organizations (CSOs), and community workers, gave a statement and signed a pledge of support to the SUN Movement.
Witnessing the signing of the initiative were officers of our Action Against Hunger Philippine Mission--Country Director Eric Fort, Incoming Country Director Javad Amoozegar, Technical Coordinator Mark Cervantes and me, the Advocacy Manager. We are a member organization of Koalisyon para Alagaan at Isalba ang Nutrisyon (KAIN), the Philippines’ only NGO coalition for nutrition. We were proud to represent the NGO sector in making this pledge of support!