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Malaysian Dietitians Association

Malaysian Dietitians’ Association (MDA) was established in 1994 with Professor Dr Fatimah Arshad as the first president. MDA was officially launched on 22nd March 1996 by YB Dato’ Dr Chua Jui Meng (Health Minister) at Nikko Hotel, Kuala Lumpur. This historical day was witnessed by dietitians from all over Malaysia, officials from various ministries, universities, private sectors and non-governmental organisations (NGOs).The highlight of the day was when YB Dato’ Dr Chua Jui Meng unveiled the MDA logo. The MDA logo represents the 5 vital roles of dietitians – Clinical, Community, Education, Industry & Agency and Research. The first issue of MDA’s newsletter, Diet Link was also released on this inaugural day. The objective of Diet Link is to serve as a channel for continuous education, exchange of ideas and to build a closer fraternity amongst the members of the association. The Malaysian Dietitians’ Association became member of the Asian Federation of Dietitians Association. In 2002, MDA hosted the 3rd Asian Congress of Dietetics. Malaysian Dietitians’ Association and the Nutrition Society of Malaysia joined hands to host the prestigious 3rd Asian Congress of Dietetics on 18th to 21st August 2002 in Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur. The conference was a huge success and saw more than 500 participants from over 25 countries. In conjunction with the MDA 11th AGM, 5 Medical Nutrition Therapy Guidelines (MNT) was launched by Datuk Dr Abdul Gani Bin Mohammed Din, Deputy Director – General, Ministry of Health on 28th March 2005.The 5 MNT guidelines include Type 2 Diabetes, Hyperlipidemia, Hypertension, Chronic Kidney Disease and Nutrition Support for the Critically Ill Adults which are relevant and continue to be updated till today. The launch subsequently spawned 4 MNT Training Roadshows, which were conducted in and outside of Klang Valley.The objective of MNT training is to provide updates, use of the evidence-based guidelines in the management of cases and to standardise the practice of dietetics in Malaysia.
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