Promoting good health and well-being of humans is key to their individual developments
and the world at large. The significance of this is enshrined in the Sustainable Development
Goals 2 and 3: which stresses on Zero Hunger and Good Health and Well-being for all at all
ages respectively.

I Believe Global Women Empowerment Foundation on Wednesday, June 8 2022, held a
webinar on the theme “Evaluating The Global Burden of Malnutrition In Our Society”.
The webinar was used as a platform by the speaker to educate and stress the need to eat and
live healthy lifestyles, ie; exercising, to improve good health and well-being towards
positive, social, economic and environmental transformative change for the advancement of
gender equality.

Chaired by Mr. Yaw Agyei-Henaku, the webinar was attended by board members of IBGWE
Foundation and other participants from various sectors across the diaspora.
The Lady President Richael then gave a brief overview about the foundation. The session was
moderated by Lady Priscilla, Veep-IBGWE, She introduced the guest speaker Dr. Saeed Jibreel, a Family
Physician Specialist and Public Health Expert at The Bank Hospital, Accra.

Dr Saeed started with a quick lecture on nutrition with the prevalence of obesity and
nutrition-related non-communicable diseases, the complexity of the nutrition landscape and
the double burden of malnutrition. He also took participants through the consequences of
malnutrition on health and development and the needed interventions to prevent
malnutrition with a focus on obesity.

The end of the presentation saw an an interactive session with questions from participants
and satisfactory answers from Dr. Saeed. He encouraged everyone to not just
fill their stomachs with food but to consume food with the right proportion of nutrients. For
children, he urged parents especially mothers to cut down on the processed food their kids
consume and focus more on traditional dishes and breastfeed more as some mothers solely
depend on formula supplements for their babies due to some constraints.

The worlwide prevalence of obesity more than doubled from 1980 – 2014 with women at a
higher risk and for this, Dr. Saeed said “we need to encourage physical exercise among our
mothers and daughters”. He also called for the need to make Physical Education a major and
compulsory stake in our schools.

Lady Rachel Lundgren President of I Believe Global Women Empowerment said she has
learnt a lot at the “very interesting program” and hoped that on the heels of successful
engagements IBGWE Foundation would hold such webinars towards realizing its goals.

Story By: Honorine Yorm Doamekpor

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