Conference to accelerate progress in nutrition in the Eastern Mediterranean

(MENAFN-Jordan News Agency)
Amman, September 19 (Petra) — Her Royal Highness Princess Salha bint Asem on Tuesday sponsored the launch of a joint regional nutrition coordination meeting, organized by the World Health Organization Regional Office for the Mediterranean eastern.
The opening session of the meeting, which brought together regional representatives from Member States, members of academic circles, United Nations agencies and international organizations, saw the launch of a database of food components in the Eastern Mediterranean region, which is a joint initiative between Al-Quds University and the organization’s regional office.
Princess Salha said Jordan has made revolutionary progress in nutrition over the past decades, but it, like other countries in the Eastern Mediterranean region, still suffers from a nutritional transformation rapid which has led to high rates of obesity and, subsequently, non-communicable diseases.
Local health authorities are working, in cooperation with WHO, to support healthy nutrition programs to reduce obesity rates and combat high blood pressure, diabetes and other non-communicable diseases, he said. -she adds.
Princess Salha highlighted that the launch of the National Nutrition Strategy for the year 2023-2030 and its executive framework are a clear embodiment of the commitment of relevant government and non-governmental agencies to work diligently to achieve better levels of nutrition. nutrition in accordance with the royal visions of achieving the desired economic and social development objectives.
For his part, the Director of the WHO Regional Office, Ahmed Al Mandhari, said in a speech delivered on his behalf by the organization’s Regional Nutrition Advisor, that malnutrition in all its forms causes enormous losses in the health of the population of the Eastern Mediterranean region and their sustainable development, and countries in the region are facing the double burden of malnutrition, as the region suffers from increasingly widespread malnutrition and obesity by day in days.


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