Vietnam Nutrition Project

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Improving Children’s Nutrition Through School-Based Services

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Pediatric malnutrition is an ongoing problem in Vietnam due to a limited supply of nourishing foods and limited access to nutrition education.

Improving Children’s Nutrition Through School-Based Services

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Abbott and the Abbott Fund have teamed up with AmeriCares to support expansion of the Giao Diem Humanitarian Foundation’s Soymilk Nutritional Supplement Program, aimed at addressing nutritional health early in life.

Improving Children’s Nutrition Through School-Based Services

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The program reaches more than 6,600 preschool-age children in three rural provinces – Quan Tri, Hue, and An Giang – where childhood malnutrition rates are among the highest in the country.

Improving Children’s Nutrition Through School-Based Services

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So far, the program has reduced the prevalence of childhood malnutrition in participating schools by less than 20 percent.

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The program works through local preschools and elementary schools like this one in Hue.

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It educates teachers and caretakers about good nutrition and uses locally grown foods and ingredients to improve the nutritional intake in the children’s diets.

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One school in Hue has its own garden, where teachers and caretakers are taught how to grow nutritious fruits and vegetables.

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They also learn how to cook nourishing meals using local ingredients.

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The children receive daily supplements of soy milk fortified with peanuts, rice, beans, noodle soup and fruit, along with 300 mg of chewable calcium.

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The program trains teachers, school staff and parents in the basics of child nutrition so they can all work together to ensure the children receive well-balanced diets.

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Teachers distribute soy milk after it has been made.

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The Abbott Fund began supporting the program in 2006, and within 10 months, the prevalence of underweight children had dropped by nearly two-thirds.

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Rates of anemia declined by 80 percent.

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   at AWS.Web.UI.WebControls.ImageDisplay.get_ImageUrl() More than 25 percent of Vietnamese children under age 5 are underweight, according to UNICEF. The primary reasons: a limited supply of nourishing foods and a general lack of nutritional knowledge among the populace, especially in rural areas. Since 2005, Abbott, the Abbott Fund, AmeriCares and the Giao Diem Humanitarian Foundation has reached 23,000 pre-school students in rural villages, successfully reducing the average malnutrition among beneficiaries to less than 20 percent. During the 2012-2013 school year we improved the nutritional health of more than 6,600 preschool-age children in three of the country’s rural provinces – Quang Tri, Hue, and An Giang – where childhood malnutrition rates are among the highest. During the 2013-2014 school year, program funding is providing nutritional support for 6,000 preschool-age children; training for program implementers, including staff, principals and teachers; equipment such as grinders for soy milk production and medical diagnostic tools; and education materials for health workshops for local families. Parents are taught how to select and prepare nutritious foods and create well-balanced meals for themselves and their children. To date, the Abbott Fund has contributed $1.3 million and Abbott has given $1.7 million in product donations.
Results Source: Giao Diem

Results cumulative since 2005

12/10/2013

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