Ajyal Salima to enable healthier lives for children in Bahrain

The ‘Ajyal Salima’ nutrition education program was launched during a recent ceremony in Bahrain.
Updated 24 December 2018
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Ajyal Salima to enable healthier lives for children in Bahrain

Dr. Walid bin Khalifa Al-Maneh, Bahraini Ministry of Health undersecretary, has launched the “Ajyal Salima” nutrition education program during a ceremony celebrating the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the Ministry of Health and Nestlé Middle East. The event was also attended by Assistant Undersecretary for Public Health Dr. Mariam Al-Hajjry and other officials from the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education.

Al-Maneh highlighted that the Ministry of Health is undertaking the responsibility of devising policies and programs aimed at tackling unhealthy habits among children and youth, including poor nutrition and sedentary lifestyles. He said that international surveys show obesity rates to have reached 40 percent and sedentary lifestyle rates 23 percent among 13-15-year-old students in Bahrain.

Al-Maneh said Ajyal Salima was first launched in the region in Lebanon in 2010, in partnership with the American University of Beirut, and has since spread to Dubai in 2012, Saudi Arabia in 2014, Jordan in 2015, and Palestine in 2016, implemented in collaboration with ministries of Health and Education and local health and education-focused nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in those countries. 

The undersecretary added that Ajyal Salima is in line with the goals of the World Health Organization to address childhood obesity and supports the eradication of malnutrition through sustainable development. The program fits with the Gulf region’s strategy for the prevention of non-communicable diseases, and includes train the trainers workshops developed and delivered by American University of Beirut experts.

Nehmatallah Younes, general business manager, Nestlé Bahrain, said: “From leading research in children nutrition, to product innovation and introducing healthier foods, to education and innovative nutrition and lifestyle programs and services, our global ambition is to help 50 million children lead healthier lives by 2030.” 

“Tackling the growing triple burden of malnutrition: Undernutrition, obesity and micronutrient deficiencies can only happen through more partnerships between academia, the private and public sectors on programs such as the science-based Ajyal Salima,” said Dr. Carla Habib Mourad, lecturer of nutritional sciences at the American University of Beirut, and regional scientific coordinator for Ajyal Salima.


Bahri strengthens market footprint in Asia-Pacific region

Khalid Al-Garawi, senior manager, Bahri Chemicals.
Updated 21 April 2019
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Bahri strengthens market footprint in Asia-Pacific region

Saudi logistics and transportation company Bahri has announced the expansion of its market presence in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region’s maritime industry. The stronger presence will help the company gain deeper insights into market trends as well as customer needs in chemicals and logistics sectors in Singapore and the wider APAC region.
The announcement took place at a ceremony held on April 5 at Regent Hotel in Singapore, in the presence of Abdullah Aldubaikhi, CEO of Bahri, and senior executives of the region’s oil majors, petrochemical trading companies and ship brokers.
The expansion will also enable Bahri Logistics and Bahri Chemicals, two of five business units of the company, to market their offerings, acquire new clients, serve existing clients, and channelize the communications. Bahri has plans to expand the services of its other business units to the APAC region in the future.
Bahri CEO Aldubaikhi said: “In our efforts to deliver on Bahri’s vision of connecting economies, sharing prosperity, and driving excellence in global logistics services, we have been actively pursuing the company’s ambitious long-term strategy to drive sustainable growth and expand its market footprint. As a result, we have established a solid presence regionally and globally. Our expansion in the Asia-Pacific region represents a key milestone in our journey, and with this, we have come even closer to our customers, allowing us to serve them better offering a wider range of industry services and unprecedented value.”
Over the past 41 years, Bahri has steadily expanded market presence to cement its position as a global leader in the maritime industry. The company currently has offices in Saudi Arabia, UAE, US and India, in addition to a vast network of agents across the Middle East and Africa, US, Europe, and Asia.
Bahri Chemicals is the largest owner and operator of chemical carriers in the Middle East, serving 150 ports worldwide. It owns and operates 36 chemical/product tankers with a capacity of 1.1 million DWT designed to the highest specifications, capable of carrying a wide range of chemical cargoes. The first business unit within Bahri, Bahri Logistics, is one of the top 10 breakbulk carriers in the world and operates six new state-of-the-art multipurpose vessels with 26,000 DWT each on a regular liner schedule.