The Official Publication of Volunteer Youth Leaders for Health - Philippines

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Giving students an iron and folic acid boost: DOH, DepEd launch WIFA Program

According to the 2013 National Nutrition Survey conducted by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST), one out of 10 females aged 13 to 19 years old suffer from anemia or the deficiency of healthy red blood cells or of hemoglobin in the blood. Female adolescents are vulnerable to anemia due to the increase in iron demand of their bodies following menstruation, rapid growth and some parasitic infections.

Considering that most adolescents are in school and do not access health services in the health center, the Department of Health (DOH) partnered with the Department of Education (DepEd) in implementing a school-based Weekly Iron-Folic acid (WIFA) Supplementation Program among female Grade 7 to 10 students throughout the country. WIFA supplementation is expected to contribute to the reduction of the participants’ absenteeism due to ill health and the eventual improvement of their school performance. It has been known that 200-500 million school days are lost due to absenteeism.

Launch of the WIFA Program in Iloilo National High School, Iloilo City (Iloilo Today)
About the WIFA Program

The WIFA program is a component of the Menstrual Health Management Project of DepED which aims to address knowledge gaps and support learners on self-care and other menstruation-related problems, including anemia.

It is also included in the DOH Micronutrient Support, and Adolescent Health Development Programs. In 2010, the DOH released a revision of the policy on micronutrient supplementation to support the achievement of the MDGs and address the micronutrient needs of other population groups. From this, iron and folic acid supplementation was identified as one of the interventions to address iron deficiency anemia and folate deficiency among women of the reproductive age, including adolescents.

During its implementation, Iron-Folic acid supplements containing 60 milligrams of iron and 400 micrograms of folic acid will be administered for 12 weeks from July to September 2017, and from January to March 2018. Intermittent supplementation, which is giving the supplements weekly and in two rounds, is based on the recommendation of the World Health Organization.

Furthermore, WIFA supplements will not be given to students who were not dewormed in the past six months. Intake of the supplement has also no known adverse side effects except for some gastric discomfort, constipation, and blackening of stool. Any side effects experienced by the participants should be reported to the classroom teacher or school nurse for proper management. According to a UNICEF India post, the iron folic acid tablets should be taken with a full stomach in order to reduce potential side effects. Side effects may also occur initially as the body adjusts to the supplement. These will eventually disappear after taking the supplements regularly for a few weeks.

Although WIFA will be held in public schools, it is hoped that students in private schools and out of school youth will also be encouraged to access the supplement in their community health centers.

An Opportunity for Volunteer Youth Leaders

The Volunteer Youth Leaders for Health (VYLH)-Philippines as one of the prime movers for the promotion of folic acid awareness in the country since its formation in 2009 considers the WIFA program as a relevant national program to the advocacy of the network. The program also contributes to the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goal target of addressing the nutritional needs of adolescent girls and other priority groups (SDG 2.2). 

The network hopes that as more youth are informed about the benefits of folic acid, and experience taking the supplement through the school-based program, there will be more youth leaders who will be knowledgeable and supportive of the advocacy. Likewise, the students will also be prepared in the future as supplementation is suggested prior to pregnancy. This is important since folate deficiency is prevalent during pregnancy.

It is also hoped that local governments and schools will also be more receptive to the advocacy following the launch of the DepED-DOH national program. In Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro, a local health worker have asked the help of Volunteer Youth Leaders in supporting the WIFA particularly in promoting awareness about folic acid supplementation in order to reduce the number of potential program deferrals by influencing the public and disseminating the importance of folic acid. #




DOH launches Weekly Iron Folic Acid Program in Central Luzon. Philippine Information Agency. http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/3221499670479/doh-launches-weekly-iron-folic-acid-program-in-central-luzon

Female students to get weekly iron, folic acid boost. Iloilo Today. http://www.iloilotoday.com/2017/07/female-students-to-get-weekly-iron.html


Nation-wide Weekly Iron and Folic Acid Supplementation (WIFS) programme to combat Anemia among Adolescent girls and boys. UNICEF India. https://www.facebook.com/notes/unicef-india/nation-wide-weekly-iron-and-folic-acid-supplementation-wifs-programme-to-combat-/10153026459800284/


Share:

5 comments:


  1. Thank you for sharing such great information. can you help me in finding out more detail on  sector 57 school

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. VICTIM OF SCAMS BUT NOW A VICTOR THROUGH JOSH LOANS FINANCIAL SERVICE joshloancompany@gmail.com OR +1(215)-874-8060

      Helen Truong is my name from 1731 Hilltop Haven Drive, Red Bank, NJ 07701 USA. It lifts my heart to actually use this medium to save innocent people who would have fallen into the wrong hands in quest to obtain an online loan. With all humility I want to personally warn all online loan seekers to be very careful while trying to get a loan, because it is no news that scammers are rampant everywhere all over the internet claiming to offer loan. I was a victim before now and I solemnly hope that you are a victor if you care to take my word of advise. Few months ago I was financially strained, and due to my desperation I was scammed by several online lenders. All hope was nearly lost until a co-employee suggested 'JOSH LOANS FINANCIAL SERVICE' an online reliable and trustworthy lender for me, as I was almost at the edge of taking my life considering a loss of about $83,000; As God would have it, I applied for a loan from 'Josh Loans Financial Service' under Cynthia's (co-employee) recommendation and WOW in less than 72 working hours I got a credit alert confirming that my account has been credited with the loan fund of $220,000.00 which i originally requested. If after loosing much God has shown me light with the help of 'JOSH LOANS FINANCIAL SERVICE', you too without doubt can as well obtain a loan from this reputable lending institution. IN ALL, if you, your relation or any closed person desperately need a loan, DO CONTACT or help that soul to communicate with JOSH LOANS FINANCIAL SERVICE via email on joshloancompany@gmail.com OR text/call them on +1(215)-874-8060

      Delete
  2. Thank you for sharing this information it has helped me to know more about Educational Loan In India

    ReplyDelete
  3. VICTIM OF SCAMS BUT NOW A VICTOR THROUGH JOSH LOANS FINANCIAL SERVICE joshloancompany@gmail.com OR +1(215)-874-8060

    Helen Truong is my name from 1731 Hilltop Haven Drive, Red Bank, NJ 07701 USA. It lifts my heart to actually use this medium to save innocent people who would have fallen into the wrong hands in quest to obtain an online loan. With all humility I want to personally warn all online loan seekers to be very careful while trying to get a loan, because it is no news that scammers are rampant everywhere all over the internet claiming to offer loan. I was a victim before now and I solemnly hope that you are a victor if you care to take my word of advise. Few months ago I was financially strained, and due to my desperation I was scammed by several online lenders. All hope was nearly lost until a co-employee suggested 'JOSH LOANS FINANCIAL SERVICE' an online reliable and trustworthy lender for me, as I was almost at the edge of taking my life considering a loss of about $83,000; As God would have it, I applied for a loan from 'Josh Loans Financial Service' under Cynthia's (co-employee) recommendation and WOW in less than 72 working hours I got a credit alert confirming that my account has been credited with the loan fund of $220,000.00 which i originally requested. If after loosing much God has shown me light with the help of 'JOSH LOANS FINANCIAL SERVICE', you too without doubt can as well obtain a loan from this reputable lending institution. IN ALL, if you, your relation or any closed person desperately need a loan, DO CONTACT or help that soul to communicate with JOSH LOANS FINANCIAL SERVICE via email on joshloancompany@gmail.com OR text/call them on +1(215)-874-8060

    ReplyDelete
  4. If you must contact any company to obtain an online loan with a low interest rate of 3% and better payment plans / plans, contact the ONLINE ACCESS LOAN COMPANY. Also, he does not know that I am doing this, but because of the joy in me, I am very happy and I want people to know more about this great company that really offers loans, it is my prayer that GOD bless them more while they put smiles on people's faces. You can contact them by email at { directaccesservice @ gmail. com } or whatsapp @ +16315735726

    ReplyDelete

Recent Posts

Recent Posts Widget

Facebook

Twitter