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The Portuguese Malnutrition Awareness Week 2021

8-14 November 2021

Video URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzmg6rHFdaQ


Malnutrition Awareness Week in Portugal

This was the 3rd MAW organized in Portugal, and the 2nd one with the endorsement of the Portuguese Ministry of Health.


These partners were involved in the week:

  • Portuguese Ministry of Health
  • Portuguese Society of Internal Medicine
  • Portuguese Society of Surgery
  • Portuguese Society of Oncology


Objectives & strategy

  • Leverage awareness of health professionals, patients, and caregivers for disease-related malnutrition in Portugal;
  • Educate on the importance of early screening and early nutritional treatment;
  • Increase awareness of the role of clinical nutrition in patient recovery;
  • Educate patients/caregivers to discuss the nutritional status with their healthcare professional;

To achieve these objectives, APNEP teamed up with the Optimal Nutritional Care campaign with the endorsement of the Ministry of Health and scientific support of the main medical societies.



Solemn Ceremony
Media campaign
Social media campaign


Solemn Ceremony

The Ceremony took place on the 12th of November 2021, at the National Palace of Queluz with the endorsement of the Sintra City Council. More than 70 relevant stakeholders were present, including the Deputy of the Minister of Health, the Mayor of the Sintra Council, the President of Portuguese Medical Schools Council and also ONCA/ENHA, ESPEN, FELANPE, BRASPEN representatives. The live streaming of the Ceremony had almost 500 online views and then reached more than 15.000 people.

During the Ceremony, a number of activities were celebrated! 

  • The formal signature of the Portuguese NEMS: signed by APNEP (Portuguese PEN Society), ESPEN Nutrition Education Study Group (NESG), and the President of the Portuguese Medical Schools Council 
  • The formal signature of the “International Declaration on the Right to Nutritional Care and the Fight against Malnutrition”: signed by APNEP and the President of FELANPE 
  • The Grant Ceremony of the 19th APNEP Grant of Clinical Nutrition with 2 winners
  • The Grant Ceremony of 1st Grant of Clinical Nutrition Academy of Portuguese Society of Internal Medicine with 3 winners

Note: Dr. Anibal Marinho, apart from being President of APNEP, is also the Coordinator of the Clinical Nutrition Task Force of the Portuguese Society of Internal Medicine. 


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National Newspaper

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Poster Solemn Ceremony

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Press release

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Social media

Solemn Ceremony recording session: > 15.000 people reached
Awareness video: > 30.000 people reached
Posts: > 39.000 people reached

Media campaign

8 online news items
1 National Newspaper dedicated supplement
Disseminated at MoH and Sintra City Council platforms

Communication, Content & Materials

Please find examples of content and materials at dedicated website:

  • Testimonials videos
  • Media campaign: PR agency and press release
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Aníbal Marinho ONCA Coordinator Portugal

Contact Aníbal for inquiries on Portuguese campaign activities and for publishing of your Good Practice on this website. portugal@nutritionalcare.eu

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