Public support needed to combat children's malnutrition : Philippine president

2012-11-09 10:02:56 GMT2012-11-09 18:02:56(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

MANILA, Nov. 9 (Xinhua) -- Philippine President Benigno Aquino III on Friday enjoined Filipinos to work with the government to bring down the incidence of malnutrition and meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) target of the United Nations.

In his address during the 2012 National Nutrition Awarding ceremony, Aquino said that while the government has achieved a lot in fighting malnutrition, much needs to be done to meet the MDG target of reducing the proportion of underweight Filipino children to 13.6 percent by 2015.

Based on the report titled "Updating of the Nutritional Status of Filipinos" made by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute, the government was able to bring down the proportion of underweight children to 20.2 percent in 2011, from 26.5 percent in 1992.

Aquino said a major strategy of the Philippine government to meet the MDG target by 2015 is to focus on the first 1,000 days of each child--from conception to two years old.

He said the government will carry out nutrition counseling for expectant mothers, prepare them for breastfeeding, put up lactation stations and promote the regular use of alternative milk.

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