Interventions to prevent malnutrition in new rural communes of Vietnam

Interventions to prevent malnutrition in new rural communes of Vietnam
Nguyễn Như Mai

On July 6, 2022, the Ministry of Health of Vietnam issued Decision 1858/QD-BYT on Guidelines for implementing prevention interventions Physical malnutrition in children under 5 years old to implement the national target program on building new rural areas 2021-2025.

According to the Decision, the priority group nutrition interventions for children under 5 years old in Vietnam are as follows:

(1) Priority classification based on the prevalence of stunting in Vietnam:

- Priority communes for group A: stunting rate > 30%.

- Priority communes for group B: the rate of malnutrition and stunting ranges from 20-30%.

- Priority communes for group C: the rate of malnutrition and stunting is below 20%.

(2) Nutrition intervention activities according to priority groups in Vietnam:

- Nutrition interventions in groups A and B communes:

+ Comprehensive intervention on all causes of children's nutritional status.

+ Priority activities: strengthening and improving the quality of the network, especially the collaborators/village health workers; Supply of equipment and materials…

- Nutrition interventions in priority communes of group C:

+ Implementation of interventions mainly focuses on the period during and after pregnancy.

+ Priority activities include nutrition education communication, vitamin A supplementation, multi-micronutrient supplementation guidance, and the treatment of acute malnutrition...

See more at Decision 1858/QD-BYT effective from the date of signing in Vietnam


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