SEA/RC63/17 - Follow-up action on pending issues and selected Regional Committee resolutions/decisions of the last three years: Nutrition and food safety in the South-East Asia Region (SEA/RC60/R3)
AbstractThe working paper on nutrition and food safety in the South-East Asia (SEA) Region provides a brief overview of the nutrition and food safety situation in Member States of the Region. It indicates that while overall food consumption has increased and nutrition indicators have shown improvement, the global economic crisis and climate change may lead to food insecurity and increase in the number of malnourished individuals. The paper describes some of the key nutrition and food safety indicators in the Region. Activities in nutrition and food safety undertaken during the reporting period and proposed activities to be conducted in the biennium are also tabulated. It concludes by identifying a range of supportive actions from Member States with regard to the promotion of nutrition and food safety in the SEA Region: to increase political commitment in order to promote national nutrition and food safety programmes; to mainstream nutrition and food safety issues into all national health policies and strategies and ensure the implementation of global strategies on infant and young child feeding, food safety, diet, physical activity and health; to strengthen nutrition surveillance systems and implement the WHO Child Growth Standards and Growth References through their full integration into child and adolescent health programmes; to develop and maintain sustainable and comprehensive preventive measures for reducing the burden of foodborne diseases encompassing the complete food-production chain from farm to consumption; to enable active and appropriate participation of national authorities in activities of the Codex Alimentarius Commission, INFOSAN and other international networks; and to strengthen the laboratory capacity for investigating and reporting on foodborne diseases outbreaks. The High-Level Preparatory (HLP) Meeting held in the Regional Office in New Delhi from 28 June to 1 July 2010 reviewed the working paper and made the following recommendations: Actions by Member States (1) Political commitment should be increased in order to promote national nutrition and food safety programmes. (2) The nutrition, micronutrients, food safety and chemical safety elements should be mainstreamed and integrated into national health policies and strategies. (3) National nutrition surveillance systems should be strengthened by fully integrating the WHO Child Growth Standards and Growth References into national child and adolescent health programmes. Actions by WHO-SEARO (1) The Regional Office should continue to provide appropriate technical assistance and tools including food-based dietary guidelines that meet the requirements of Member States for developing integrated nutrition, food safety and food security policy/plan of action. (2) The Regional Office should develop, in collaboration with Member States, appropriate monitoring and evaluation mechanisms to record achievements, constraints and trends in the implementation of nutrition, food safety and food security programmes. The working paper and the HLP meeting recommendations based on it are submitted to the Sixty-third Session of the Regional Committee for its consideration.
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-East Asia. (2010). SEA/RC63/17 - Follow-up action on pending issues and selected Regional Committee resolutions/decisions of the last three years: Nutrition and food safety in the South-East Asia Region (SEA/RC60/R3). WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/128379
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