Sunday, 5 June 2011

MALNUTRITION: Vietnam: Ensuring micronutrients for mothers and babies

(VOV) May 28 2011 
Vietnam aims to reduce under-weight and malnutrition in children to below 10 percent, and stunted growth in children to less than 23 percent by 2015, announced Deputy Minister of Health Trinh Quan Huan.
The Ministry of Health held a ceremony in Hanoi on May 28 to launch the 2011 Micronutrient Day hoping to raise public awareness of essential nutrition and promote food hygiene and safety as well as Vitamin A and iron supplements for mothers and children.
The programme will be held nationwide on June 1-2 with a series of practical activities, including providing free Vitamin A supplements for children, education on micronutrients and consulting on food processing methods for pregnant women and babies.

Vietnam is facing malnutrition and a deficiency of micronutrients among children under five. The malnutrition rate for children under five is still high, at 17.5 percent, and more than 30 percent of them suffer from low weight and stunted growth.
In recent years, Vietnam has won praise from many international orgnisations because of the positive results of its malnutrition prevention programme.

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