Vietnam is reported to have brought the malnutrition for under-five-year-old children down to 19.9 per cent from 38.7 per cent over the past 10 years.
Vietnam’s Health Minister Nguyen Quoc Trieu said that mother and child nutrition improved significantly, while the under-weight malnutrition rate in children was reduced to below 20 per cent, which meets the goal set in the National Nutrition Strategy for 2001-10.
National Targeted Programme on Child Malnutrition Prevention, understood to have made it possible, was implemented in all communes and wards nationwide, with Vitamin A and iron supplement provision for children and women, especially pregnant women.
More than 10,000 medical staffers and 107,000 nutrition volunteers were involved in the programmes.
However, Trieu said, the country still faced many challenges in reducing the malnutrition rate in rural areas and those affected by natural disasters.
The programme set goals to reduce the under-weight malnutrition rate in children fewer than five to 14 per cent in 2015 and to below 10 per cent in 2020. Stunting rates in children under five would be reduced to under 25 per cent in 2015 and to under 20 per cent in 2020, while obesity rates for children under five would be brought down to under 5 per cent nationwide.