Aurora Hyka1, Evelina Balliu1, Blerina Kërtusha1, Stela Prifti Domi1, Fatbardha Mancaku Emiri1
1Local Health Care Unit, Durrës, Albania.
Aim: The aim of this presentation is to advocate for the need of cross-sectorial collaboration to introduce nutrition surveillance.
Methods: This presentation is based on local surveillance, working meetings with staff in 18 Health Centers, Neonatology, Pediatrics service (Durrës Regional Hospital) and Child Protection Unit Durrës (Durrës and Shijak Municipality), IPH, UNIEF Albania Office. Also, this presentation is based on strategic documents of the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, MHSP-Albania, IPH – Albania.
Results: Infant nutrition indicators have improved, especially breastfeeding in the first hour after birth.
More local actors are being involved in healthy nutrition issues.
Conclusion: Today, everyone has turned attention to health as a key factor in the social, economic and human development of society at the global, regional, national and local levels. A healthy life stile with good nutrition. Increasing exclusive breastfeeding rates remains a priority for us to improve nutrition, prevent mortality and, in the long term, prevent non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Healthy nutrition improves when health and non-health institutions, above all local government, join efforts.
Keywords: breastfeeding, nutrition surveillance, non-communicable diseases.