Daram mayor pledges to
cut down malnutrition incidence
By NATION BUILDER
DARAM, Samar – From
a high of 32% malnutrition prevalence last year, we are targeting to
lower this down to 5% this year. Daram Mayor Lucia L. Astorga
declared this during the conduct of HIMSoG Media Caravan on Nutrition
to this island town July 12, 2011.
HIMSoG-8, which stands
for “Harmonized Initiatives of Media for the Spread of Good Nutrition
in Region 8” is the media group partner of the National Nutrition
Council (NNC) Region 8 in Promotion of Good Nutrition in
Eastern Visayas. Together with NNC officials, representatives of Plan
provincial nutrition officer conducted a caravan to the island town as
among the Nutrition Month activities in July 2011.
While the province of
Samar ranks first in malnutrition incidence in Region 8 at 24%
prevalence rate, the municipality of Daram ranks only 17th in the
provincial standing at 21.98% prevalence rate (based on 2010 OPT).
Topnotch is Tarangnan with 36.93% and in second is Matuguinao with
Daram became a HIMSoG
Media Caravan choice stopover due to its good practices worthy of
emulation. As it gives priority to health and nutrition of its
constituents, it opens up to several partners in adopting numerous
interventions to uplift the nutritional status of the town. Among them
are Zuelig Family Foundation that focuses on health and the Plan
Philippines that focus on children.
NNC Region 8 Director
Carina Santiago said she is happy that nutrition is a priority in
Daram, and that the local government unit has many partners, and that
there are so many interventions in the municipality. We can document
these good practices, she said.
intervention program in the island town is the feeding of the severely
malnourished children in targeted barangays. Feeding of each batch is
conducted daily for two months at two-meals a day.
Another one is making
available cheap nutritious food packs for children in the locality
with the production of INSUMIX, which is actually a mixture of rice,
sesame seeds, and mongo. With the support of partner institutions
like Zuelig Family Foundation – that provided the equipments and
utensils for local production of INSUMIX; and another partner likewise
that has trained one barangay in the municipality to plant sesame
seeds – as well provided the seeds of sesame seeds for planting,
INSUMIX is underway.
Also established in
the municipality, even before the 4Ps of the national government, is
the empowerment vehicle called Mobile Kosina: This is the training of
mothers specifically the families of severely malnourished children on
gardening, which is currently being strengthened not only to sustain
the nutrition of children, but as well as an added livelihood
It was learned that
with the Mobile Kosina, that is now ready for registration with the
DOLE, a five pesos worth of vegetables are now made available at the
barangays for the village people.