There is ample evidence that the prevalence of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and their associated risk factors have been increasing in the past decades and now have reached alarming levels. Undernutrition persists among selected groups. Several policies and action plans have been implemented to tackle the double burden of malnutrition in the country, especially the NPANM III (2016-2025). However, there have been challenges in implementing some of the identified strategies, the main ones being lack of inter-sectorial and multi-stakeholder coordination, financial shortfall and lack of human resource capacity.
A whole-of-government approach is crucial as tackling nutrition-related disorders requires the close collaboration of diverse ministries and agencies. In addition, it is essential for various stakeholders including academic institutions, professional bodies and private sectors, to work together to systematically implement the identified strategies and action plans. It is imperative for all stakeholders to form strategic alliances, and pool together all the required resources to combat nutrition-related problems in the country.
The theme of the 35th NSM Annual Scientific Conference underscores the importance of all stakeholders working together to promote optimal nutrition among Malaysians. This conference serves as a platform for all stakeholders to productively exchange and discuss research and intervention activities towards building healthier future generations.