UP webinar takes a closer look at malnutrition and health security during COVID

| Written by Deina Blancaflor

Malnutrition in the Philippines has been a chronic, silent, and insidious threat to health and development. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic started, around 30 percent of children under five years old were stunted or not tall enough for their age. The Philippines is among the top ten countries with the highest number of stunted children globally.

The pandemic and the steady rise in prices and commodities have worsened the situation.

This Friday, August 12, from 12nn to 2 pm, the University of the Philippines (UP), in partnership with UP Manila National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Telehealth Center (NTC), and cooperation with UP Philippine General Hospital (PGH), would like to invite you to join the fight against C.O.V.I.D—current COVID-19 problems, other outbreaks, viruses, infections, and disasters.

In this episode, titled NUTRISYON SA PANAHON NG PANDEMYA: Can 250 pesos a day feed a family?we take a closer look at nutrition, health, and food insecurity in the country. Why are food prices so high? How can the average family survive in an environment where good food is limited and unaffordable? What is the nutritional status of the Philippines today? We’ll tackle all this and more with our experts, Dr. Cecilia Cristina S. Acuin, one of the well-known specialists in nutrition and the Adjunct Associate Professor at UP Los Baños (UPLB) Institute of Human Nutrition and Food; and Ma. Eloisa E. Villaraza, RND, MSCN, and Vice President of the Nutritionist-Dietitians’ Association of the Philippines (NDAP).

Join us as we explore ways of preventing hunger and promoting health. Register here and catch our weekly live tweets and streams via the UP System Twitter Account, TVUP’s YouTube channel, and Facebook page.

The award-winning UP “Stop COVID Deaths” Webinar Series is the Philippines’ first and only frontline-focused medical webinar series. It pioneered the discussion, dissemination, and adoption of knowledge on COVID-19 treatment and management. Follow our accounts to stay connected with your credible online community. Together, let’s stop COVID deaths!