Sunday, 24 March 2019 | 19:51 WIB

FrieslandCampina Set to Resume Largest Study on Nutrition in SEA

FrieslandCampina Set to Resume Largest Study on Nutrition in SEA (special)

SINGAPORE, NNC - Royal FrieslandCampina, a global dairy company, has announced the commencement of the Southeast Asia Nutrition Survey II (SEANUTS II). This study will study the nutritional status of more than 18,000 children in Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, and Malaysia, and collaborate with a variety of leading research institutions and universities as study partners.

The information that will be collected includes data on growth, food intake, physical activity and biochemical parameters of children aged six months to 12 years.

Due to the level and magnitude of cases of malnutrition in this region, the study will focus on protein intake and nutritional status. Protein is an essential nutrient for the growth and development of children.

In Indonesia the study will be conducted by the Faculty of Medicine of Universitas Indonesia in collaboration with FrieslandCampina. The results are expected in 2021 and can be used to develop national intervention programs, enrich scientific knowledge and support government policies.

Prof. Dr. dr. Rini Sekartini, SpA (K), Professor of Child Health at Universitas Indonesia and Chair of the SEANUTS II Indonesia Research Team, explained about the study.

"We welcome the collaboration with FrieslandCampina in a large, in-depth study to find findings on growth trends, dietary habits, patterns of physical activity, sleep patterns, and nutritional status of children in our country," she said.

"The first SEANUTS revealed that many children in Indonesia suffer from multiple nutritional problems. This study will focus more on the quantity and quality of proteins to obtain more in-depth information or data about the possible role associated with this issue," Dr. Rini continued.

Meanwhile, Roel van Neerbos, President of Consumer at FrieslandCampina Royal Dairy, also added that good nutrition is an important factor for the growth, health and development of children.

"We can see that many children in the world experience an imbalance in food consumption which results in over or undernutrition," said Van Neerbos.

Over the years, Frisian Flag in Indonesia as part of FrieslandCampina has worked together with the Government, NGOs and various health professional organizations to educate and inspire families to adopt healthy lifestyles.

"This study will give us comprehensive information about the gap in children's nutritional status, as a basis for developing innovation in dairy products and healthy lifestyle programs tailored to nutritional needs," he said