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Philippines launches a Civil Society Alliance to scale up nutrition

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On 22-23 February 2017, in Manila, the Philippines SUN Civil Society Alliance (PhilCAN) was launched. The two day event gathered 65 participants, mainly representing civil society alliances from various islands across the Philippines (Child Rights Network, World Vision PH, Educo Philippines, Plan Philippines), but also representatives from UNICEF Philippines, FAO, Philippine Department of Health and the National Nutrition Council of the Philippines.

During the first day, participants addressed the state of nutrition in the country and the underlying causes of malnutrition; outlined the current challenges and opportunities for civil society groups; and discussed the need for a multi-stakeholder approach. At this occasion, the National Nutrition Council presented the recently approved Philippines Plan of Action for Nutrition 2017-2022 (PPAN 2017-2022) – the result of a series of consultations conducted by the National Nutrition Council, in which PhilCAN and other civil society organisations participated. The National Nutrition Council also announced this year’s theme for nutrition month: « Healthy diet gawing habit for life ».

On day 2, discussions focused on multi-sectoral approach and nutrition indicators. Participants were divided into three working groups to reflect on nutrition indicators for the Social Protection, Agriculture/Food Security, and Health sectors.  Former Co-Chair of the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on the Sustainable Development Goals Indicators, Dr. Lisa Bersales detailed all the nutrition indicators included in the Sustainable Development Goals.

Following up on this workshop, PhilCAN will organise, from March to April 2017, an ‘inter-island nutrition awareness caravan’. It will raise awareness on SUN initiatives, first 1 000 days, and involve communities in the implementation and monitoring of the PPAN 2017-2022. The findings from the inter-island awareness caravan will be showcased at a national ‘SUNCSA structure and processes‘ Summit in May 2017.

 

Launch of the Philippines Civil Society Alliance for Scaling Up Nutrition

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Learn more about the PhilCAN launch

Follow PhilCAN’s activities on Facebook and Twitter with #suncsaph #riseSUNcsaph

Check out :

Philippines Plan of Action for Nutrition 2017-2022

Philippines Voluntary National Review at the 2016 High-Level Political Forum On the Sustainable Development Goals 

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