Bangladesh Monthly Update - March 2015

On 19th March 2015, National Nutrition Services (NNS) under Institute of Public Health Nutrition (IPHN) organized the event to increase awareness among all sections of people by using IT. Health secretary Syed Monjurul Islam was present as the chief guest, while additional secretary Roksana Quader chaired the programme. Speakers at the programme said that the country needs to focus on some related issues to address the problem of malnutrition like- food security, women's education and empowerment, hygiene practice and sanitation, and expansion of social safety-net, along with nutritional activities. They also mentioned nutrition-related education is important for ensuring nutrition, as it is not only related to health only but also with lifestyle, food habit and awareness. These observations came at the launching ceremony of nutrition-related Mobile Voice Call (MVC) by Speaker of the Parliament Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury at CIRDAP auditorium in the capital.Under the present initiative of MVC, a 29-second message on nutrition, including early initiation of breastfeeding, exclusive breastfeeding, food supplementation, food fortification, food diversification and folic acid tablets, will reach to 40 million mobile phone subscribers from a Teletalk number - 01513-456789.

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