Seminar on Maternal, Infant and Young Child Nutrition

Bangkok, Thailand
Holiday Inn Sukhumvit


In 2014, WHO published a report on the Trends in Maternal Mortality: 1990 to 2013. The maternal mortality ratio in Southeast Asia countries was reportedly 140 per 100,000 live births and the number of maternal deaths in 2013 alone is 16,000. The rates are alarmingly high in Southeast Asia for the women of reproductive age of 19 to 49 years old. In countries where teenage pregnancy is on the rise, the mortality rates of pregnant adolescents are increasing as well.

It is important to achieve optimal maternal nutrition for the survival of both the mother and child, hence having a positive impact on maternal mortality as well as birth outcomes. For example, a review on nutrition and maternal mortality showed that mortality increases with the severity of anemia, which could be caused by lack of iron intake. Similarly, the risk of mortality due to obstructed labor is closely related to the short statue of the mothers, which has a direct linkage to maternal dietary intake and nutritional status.

Previous studies have shown that maternal mortality leads to increased mortality risk in children, where most deaths were among children under 1 year old. Children who had lost their mothers were also more likely to be stunted.

Before improving birth outcomes, maternal nutritional status should be improved and maternal mortality and morbidity have to be reduced. In view of the above reports and evidences, there is a need to address maternal malnutrition, leading to the high mortality rate among the mothers which eventually impacts on the birth outcomes as well. As such, the focus of the seminar will be on maternal nutrition, noting the lack of good quality data on maternal dietary intake and nutritional status in relation to birth outcomes, as well as nutritional status of infants and young children.


1. To provide updates on dietary intake and nutritional status of women of reproductive age (15-49 years) in Southeast Asia;
2. To identify intake deficiencies, excesses and nutritional status (eg. anemia) during pregnancy and lactation in the region;
3. To share updates on dietary interventions to improve maternal intake and nutritional status in relation to birth outcomes as well as infant and young child nutritional status


ILSI SEA Region 


The program is available HERE.


Registration Fees Industry Government/Academia
USD 250 150
Local Rate* (THB) 3,800 2,500

*Local participant rates are only applicable to residents of Thailand
Registration fee is inclusive of Workshop materials, lunch and tea breaks.

Please click HERE to register.

Hotel Room Reservation

Special rates of THB 3,000 nett per room per night for Deluxe Room have been negotiated for participants at Holiday Inn Sukhumvit, Bangkok. The rates are inclusive of daily buffet breakfast(s) and internet access.

If you would like to make a room reservation at Holiday Inn Sukhumvit, Bangkok, at the discounted rate stated (based on first-come-first-serve), you may download the booking form after completing your registration.