Exactly 25 years after the first Nutricia Symposium was held in Groningen, the Netherlands, dealing with fundamental aspects of neonatology, the 8th Nutricia Symposium was held at nearly the opposite end of the globe and dealt with a number of most important aspects of child nutrition in South East Asia. It was the intention of this symposium to bring together a respectable number of specialists in this field from the countries involved, complemented by a number of experts from outside the area chosen because of their recognised contributions to the main topics of the symposium. In this way, a platform for discussion and cooperation was provided to bring the specific problems of child nutrition in South East Asia closer to a solution. From the contents of the papers and also the valuable discus- sions, it should be clear to the reader that the goal of this symposium has been attained. It would have been difficult to find a place which was better suited for this symposium than Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The excellent work done by the several local committees in organising this symposium is greatly acknowledged, especially the efforts of Prof. H. Iskandar Wahidiyat, Prof.
Darwin Karyadi, Prof. I.G.N. Gde Ranuh, Prof. Moelyono S. Trastotenoyo, Prof. S.H. Pudjiadi, Dr. Samsudin, Dr. Suharyono, Dr. Yati Sunarto and Dr. A.G. Soemantri need to be mentioned.
Session 1 General Aspects of Child Nutrition in South East Asia.- Childhood malnutrition in South East Asia: Concepts and strategies for control.- Vitamin A problems in South East Asia with special reference to its impact on child health.- Infection and malnutrition.- The pattern of feeding and the nutritional status of infants and children in Indonesia.- Discussion.- Session 2 Nutrition of Pregnant Mother and Infant.- The East Java pregnancy study: Effect of prenatal energy supplementation on mother and infant.- Weaning foods in infant nutrition.- Ethnic differences in breast-feeding among well-to-do Singaporeans.- A prospective study of growth and nutrition of Aboriginal children from birth to two years in North-West Australia.- Discussion.- Session 3 Early Childhood Malnutrition and its Late Effects, with Emphasis on Prevention.- Selective review of studies on the behavioural effects of childhood malnutrition.- Protein-energy malnutrition in Papua New Guinea: Its functional significance.- Mother and child health at village level: The effect of the mother and child card..- Discussion.- Session 4 Nutritional Deficiencies in Children.- Iron deficiency anemia and its problems.- Iron deficiency and infant development.- Infection and immunity of vitamin A and iron deficient children.- Supplementary feeding in childhood diarrhea.- Discussion.- Session 5 Diarrhea and Malabsorption in Children.- Diarrhea, growth and feeding practices.- Dietary management of acute diarrhea: A scientific basis.- Chronic diarrhea and its management: Breast-feeding and short chain peptide.- Breath hydrogen test for lactose malabsorption in Chinese children and infants.- Discussion.- Session 6 Medical Teaching on Child Nutrition.- Integrated medical teaching curriculum on child nutrition.- Discussion.- Closing Remarks.- Index of Subjects.