Health staff train­ing work­shop opened

Times of Oman - - OMAN -

MUSCAT: A re­gional train­ing work­shop on breast-milk sub­sti­tute mon­i­tor­ing and other con­nected is­sues be­gan un­der the aus­pices of Dr. Ahmed Mo­hammed Al Sa’eedi, Min­is­ter of Health.

The work­shop on “Mon­i­tor­ing and Sup­port for Im­ple­men­ta­tion of the In­ter­na­tional Code of Mar­ket­ing of Breast-milk Sub­sti­tutes and Sub­se­quent rel­e­vant World Health As­sem­bly (WHA) Res­o­lu­tions (NetCode) aims at train­ing the par­tic­i­pants from MOH and other coun­tries and build­ing their ca­pac­ity on the mon­i­tor­ing frame­work, pro­to­cols of the In­ter­na­tional Code and rel­e­vant WHA res­o­lu­tions, in ad­di­tion to for­mu­la­tion, mon­i­tor­ing and eval­u­a­tion of na­tional Code leg­is­la­tion.

The cer­e­mony gath­ered rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Eastern Mediter­ranean Re­gion, as well as re­gional and in­ter­na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tions. The three-day work­shop, or­gan­ised by the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion (WHO), in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Nu­tri­tion Depart­ment at the Min­istry of Health (MOH), is host­ing 10 ex­perts in NetCode from the re­gion that would lead six ses­sions. The open­ing cer­e­mony was com­menced by a wel­com­ing re­marks pre­sented by Dr. Ay­oub Al Jawaldeh, Re­gional Ad­viser Nu­tri­tion of the WHO Eastern Mediter­ranean Re­gional Of­fice (EMRO).

Dr Al Jawaldeh af­firmed that the WHO is pro­vid­ing the mem­ber states with the tools and guid­ance to im­ple­ment the In­ter­na­tional Code of Mar­ket­ing of Breast-milk Sub­sti­tutes and Sub­se­quent rel­e­vant World Health As­sem­bly Res­o­lu­tions (NetCode) that will en­able them to set up or strengthen ef­fec­tive mon­i­tor­ing sys­tems in or­der to elim­i­nate in­ap­pro­pri­ate mar­ket­ing of foods for in­fants and young chil­dren, as well as as­sess­ing the level of ad­her­ence with the Code and na­tional mea­sures. He said that the comprehensive im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Code would serve WHO goal that rep­re­sents in in­creas­ing rates of ex­clu­sive breast­feed­ing for in­fants less than 6 months of age by 2050. Full story @ time­so­fo­man.com/oman

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