Meetings and Events

Ending Childhood Obesity

Childhood and adolescent obesity poses a serious health risk, with social and economic consequences. To develop a comprehensive response to childhood obesity in particular, WHO’s Director-General established the high-level Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity (ECHO) at the 67th World Health Assembly (WHA). The ECHO consultation in the South-East Asia Region, took place on 28-29 November 2015 in New Delhi and provided regional perspectives on the growing problem of childhood overweight and obesity. Delegates from Bangladesh, Bhutan, Indonesia, India, Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand included representatives from Ministries of Health, Education, Commerce and Trade and Agriculture, along with WHO experts from headquarters, the Regional Office for the South-East Asia Region and WHO country offices

WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia held a meeting on 21-22 March 2016 in New Delhi of Member States to reach consensus and finalize the draft Strategic Action Plan to reduce the Double Burden of Malnutrition in South East Asia Region. The nutrition transition in Member States of the South-East Asia region is characterized by persistent under-nutrition and micronutrient deficiencies, and the emerging problem of overweight and obesity, with increasing risk of non-communicable diseases. An estimated 60 million children aged 0-5 years are stunted, 45 million are underweight and 8.8 million are overweight

Conference on Food Security and Nutrition

WHO collaborated with FAO and GIZ at the ASEAN Inter-sectoral Consultative Conference on Food Security and Nutrition. 23-24 February 2016, Bangkok, Thailand

Regional workshop to develop a nutrient profile model for South-East Asia to promote healthy diets and reduce childhood obesity. Colombo, Sri Lanka, 20-22 July 2016

A regional workshop was held to develop a nutrient profile model for WHO South-East Asia Region. The workshop brought together experts in nutrient profiling, nutrition and NCD programme managers, public health officers, and regulators from ministries of health and other relevant agencies from all eleven Member States to finalize the draft nutrient profile model for implementing WHO’s Set of Recommendations on the Marketing of Foods and Non-alcoholic Beverages (FNAB’s) to Children.

Expert group consultation on anaemia in the South-East Asia Region, WHO, New Delhi, 5-6 December 2016

Anaemia is a significant public health problem in South- East Asian countries. In 2011, WHO estimated that over 200 million women of reproductive age (191 million non-pregnant women and 11.5 million pregnant women) were anaemic in WHO South-East Asia Region. The adverse effects of anaemia, such as poor pregnancy outcomes and reduced work capacity impacts both health and economic development. An expert group consultation consisting of global and regional experts, UN agencies and other partners met in WHO-SEARO to consider regionally relevant policy, technical and operational recommendations on strategies to implement evidence based recommendations of WHO to address anaemia in South-East Asian Member States.

Regional workshop on strengthening national surveillance capacities on global nutrition monitoring framework in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals, New Delhi, 27-29 June 2017

The workshop focused on discussions on the nutrition surveillance systems in Member States, included hands –on training on the global nutrition targets tracking tool and updated participants on the global nutrition monitoring framework (GNMF) and its relevance for countries. It also provided technical updates on utilization of nutrition data, SDG monitoring and usage of data and tools to improve nutrition programmes. Deliberations on successes and challenges with regard to improving nutrition information/surveillance systems resulted in valuable information and feasible solutions for countries. The presence of programme managers from nutrition and reproductive, maternal and child health emphasized that nutrition is a cross cutting area and needs to work across other areas of health, as well as with non -health sectors to achieve the global nutrition targets.