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Report of Visits to Singapore and Djakarta

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This report documents the activities of R. H. Follis, a consultant to the Interdepartmental Committee on Nutrition for National Defense ICNND, National Institutes of Health, who visited Singapore and Djakarta in December 1960. The 9th and 10th were spent visiting the University of Malaya Medical School in Singapore. On the first day he met with Dr. T. J. Danaraj, the Dean of the medical school and a Professor of Medicine, who is very interested in nutrition. Dr. Danaraj has asked WHO to help the school obtain a professor to fill a new chair in nutrition. The second day was spent with Dr. Ivan Polunin of the Department of Social Medicine Public Health. Dr. Polunin took the author on a trip throughout the country. The author arrived in Djakarta on December 11, and the next two days were spent at the medical school there. He met with the Director of the Institute of Nutrition, Dr. Dradjat. The Institute consists of three rooms in the Eijkman Institute building, which is devoted to public health. The facilities of the Nutrition Institute are poor. There is a great deal of enthusiasm, however, with particular emphasis on the training of nutritionists and dietitians. A most interesting day was spent visiting two schools outside of Djakarta. The first is at Pasar Minggu, where graduates from high school are given a 3-year course in practical nutrition. The second school at Bogor is for nutritionists and advanced dietitians. Graduates from these schools go to all parts of Indonesia. Dr. Dradjat knows very little about ICNND operations, but he was most interested to hear of ICNND experiences in Vietnam and Thailand. With a little stimulation, he may be interested in setting the wheels in motion for a nutrition survey in Indonesia. The author also spoke with two physicians about xerophthalmia, which is caused by vitamin A deficiency. Many Indonesians who live in rice-eating areas also suffer from a protein deficiency.

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  • Government and Political Science
  • Medicine and Medical Research
  • Food, Food Service and Nutrition

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