Seminar and Workshop on Maternal, Infant and Young Child Nutrition

Hotel Istana Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2018-11-13 – 2018-11-14


Maternal Nutrition and Birth Outcomes in Southeast Asia


Despite mounting international and national efforts to combat low birth weight and stunting in recent years, these two issues remain a persistent problem in Southeast Asia. Health consequences including poor cognitive development, greater risk of degenerative diseases and more notably, its cyclical nature, if not addressed effectively, could perpetuate a vicious cycle on the future generations and undermine economic productivity and development.

On the other hand, little attention was paid to gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) in Southeast Asia despite emerging evidence highlighting its prevalence as a global health concern. If left untreated or poorly managed, this can lead to higher risk of Type 2 diabetes mellitus and long-term consequences in both mother and offspring.

This 2-full day seminar and workshop will provide a greater understanding of the underlying issues relating to the persistence of low birth weight and stunting and the GDM situation among women. The workshop will also provide all participants with the opportunity to share experiences, challenges faced and discuss strategies in addressing these problems.


Day 1: Maternal Nutrition and Persistence of Low Birth Weight and Stunting

    • To share trend data and discuss factors contributing to the persistence of low birth weight and stunting in the region
    • To identify and address gaps in relation to existing data collection, data analysis and reporting on low birth weight and stunting
    • To provide a platform to share success stories and interventions to improve low birth weight and stunting

Day 2: GDM and Related Issues

    • To share evidence relating to the prevalence of GDM, its associated risk factors and impact on maternal and birth outcomes
    • To share and discuss effort to combat GDM in the region


ILSI Southeast Asia Region
ILSI Southeast Asia Region Malaysia Country Committee (Fact Sheet)


Nutrition Society of Malaysia


The program is available HERE


DAY 1: Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Theme: Maternal Nutrition and Persistence of Low Birth Weight and Stunting


Persistence of Low Birth Weight and Stunting, and its Economic and Health Impacts in SEA Region
Mr. Geoffry Smith, ILSI SEA Region, Singapore

Session 1: Trends, Interventions and Challenges Faced in Tackling Low Birth Weight and Stunting

Ms. Ardhiantie, National Development Planning Agency, Indonesia

Dr. Ratthiphone Oula, Center of Nutrition, Ministry of Health, Lao PDR

Ms. Zalma Bt Abdul Razak, Nutrition Division, Ministry of Health, Malaysia

Dr. Soe Min Oo, Department of Public Health, Ministry of Health, Myanmar

Emeritus Prof. Corazon Barba, University of the Philippines Los Baños, Philippines

Assoc. Prof. Umaporn Suthutvoravut, Mahidol University, Thailand

Prof. Le Thi Hop, Vietnam Nutrition Association, Vietnam

Session 2: Methodological Issues and Challenges in Data Collection, Analysis and Reporting

Identifying and Addressing Gaps in Data Collection, Analysis and Reporting: Low Birth Weight and Under-Five Undernutrition
Assoc. Prof. Pattanee Winichagoon, Institute of Nutrition, Mahidol University, Thailand

DAY 2: Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Theme: Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM) and Related Issues

Session 3: Status, Impacts, Prevention and Management of GDM

Rising Prevalence of GDM in Asia: Challenges and Solutions
Prof. Dato’ Dr. Sivalingam Nalliah, International Medical University, Malaysia

GDM and its Impact on Maternal and Birth Outcomes: An Asian Perspective
Asst. Prof. Mary Chong, National University of Singapore/Singapore Institute for Clinical Sciences, Singapore

Dr. Rima Irwinda, Faculty of Medicine, University of Indonesia, Indonesia

Dr. Mastura Ismail, Seremban 2 Health Clinic, Malaysia

Prof. Jossie M. Rogacion, University of the Philippines, Philippines

Assoc. Prof. Vitaya Titapant, Mahidol University, Thailand and
Assoc. Prof. Charintip Somprasit, Thammasat University, Thailand

Assoc. Prof. Huynh Nguyen Khanh Trang, Pham Ngoc Thach University of Medicine, Vietnam