Ten (10) officials from the Eastern Provincial Council and Provincial Director of Health Services (PDHS) of the Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka participated in the study visit programme sponsored by UNICEF-Sri Lanka.
The program was designed mainly to gain innovative ideas, skills, and exposure on malnutrition prevention program and initiatives in the Philippines. Specifically, the study visit programme aimed to (1) Learn new paradigms of health & nutrition sector development and policy; (2) Understand the nature, causes and challenges of malnutrition and food security and the ways for addressing it; (3) Improve skills to develop quality programmes and ensure implementation through result-based approach; and (4) Create enabling environment for reduction of malnutrition with the implementation of appropriate policies.
The program provided lecture discussions, group discussions from local government officials, and field visits. At the end of the program, participants were asked to prepare a feedback report as their output of the study visits. During the study tour, participants visited relevant institutions that implement numerous nutrition programs in the Philippines such as National Nutrition Council Central Office and National Capital Region Office, Nutrition Center of the Philippines (NCP), Department of Health (DOH), Local Government of Mandaluyong, Provincial Government of Batangas, Municipal Government of Calaca, and Barangay Integrated Development Approach for Nutrition Improvement – University of the Philippines Los Baños (BIDANI-UPLB), and Barangay Mabacan, Calauan, Laguna.
In general, the participants stated that the overall quality of the study visit programme was very good as well as were very educational and functional as they gained important information which will provide as their guide in formulating nutrition policies, programs, plans, and even laws.