The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)
Addressing undernutrition in the Philippines
Under a World Bank-funded project, UNOPS will help bring essential nutrition supplies to people in need nationwide.
UNOPS has joined a broader United Nations team on the Philippine Multisectoral Nutrition Project, providing vital procurement support to the flagship initiative.
Proper nutrition has long been recognized as a fundamental element for sustainable human development. It is closely linked to improved health for infants, children, and mothers, as well as stronger immune systems, safer pregnancies and childbirth. It also helps reduce the risk of non-communicable diseases.
When children have better nutrition they learn better. They can create opportunities to gradually break the cycles of poverty and hunger.
Supporting, developing and overseeing UNOPS growing portfolio of programmes and projects throughout the country.
However, the Philippines has been grappling with undernutrition for over three decades. Further, the COVID-19 pandemic has made the situation worse, leading to a range of problems including an erosion of food security.
Led by the Department of Health and the Department of Social Welfare and Development, this four-year project takes a comprehensive, multi-sectoral approach to the implementation of nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive interventions across various local government units.
“By working together in the Philippine Multisectoral Nutrition Project, the Department of Health and UNOPS are working together to make an impact, reaching those furthest behind and achieving the SDGs,” said Oscar Marenco.
The initiative aims to make a substantial impact, reaching the most underserved communities – helping end hunger, achieve food security, improve nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.