Workshop addresses Nutrition in emergencies

Nutrition pic finalThe partnership between the Ministry of Health and Medical Services with UNICEF has created opportunities for enhanced learning on providing effective nutrition response for emergency preparedness.

The partnership has created a 3 days workshop called “Nutrition in Emergencies” that was held from Tuesday 20th to Friday 22nd September at Tanoa Plaza in Suva. A total of 25 participants comprising of representatives from Ministry of Health and nutrition sub-cluster along with stakeholders from the World Health Organisation, Fiji National University and Secretariat of the Pacific Community are part of this training.

The workshop was officially opened by the Deputy Secretary Public Health, Dr Eric Rafai. He emphasised on the importance of the training for capacity building of the nutrition sub-cluster.

“Timely and effective nutrition response is our common goal and our responsibility as the health and nutrition sub-cluster. This workshop will support strengthen our existing preparedness plan and response to emergencies in future especially during the implementation of intervention in the communities.

“This workshop is an opportunity to start identifying and prioritising key action that we see as critical towards providing effective protection of the nutritional status of the girls, boys’ women and communities in Fiji,” Mr Rafai said.

He thanked the nutrition sub-cluster members for their hardwork to reachout to the families who were affected by tropical cyclone Winston.

“Nutrition sub-cluster has continued to improve in terms of its capacity building and in mobilizing the other organisations and nutrition professionals, increase in number of interventions including capacity building to strengthen the Integrated Management of Acute Malnutrition. We can collectively do much more to ensure adequate support is provided to our community and the children of Fiji,” Mr Rafai elaborated.