Abbott Fund Institute of Nutrition Science (AFINS)

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Advancing Clinical Nutrition in China and Vietnam

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The Abbott Fund Institute of Nutrition Science (AFINS) is the first program of its kind to advance the understanding and clinical practice of nutrition – first launched at Shanghai Children’s Medical Center (SCMC) in Shanghai and now at Bach Mai Hospital in Hanoi. AFINS is designed to advance clinical nutrition within hospitals by supporting training and health education, clinical research and high-quality nutritional patient care nationwide.

Advancing Clinical Nutrition in China and Vietnam

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China has a large percentage of children suffering from malnutrition as a result of limited access to nutritious foods and because many families are not educated about good nutrition. Here, Shanghai Children's Medical Center health care workers are discussing patient cases.

Advancing Clinical Nutrition in China and Vietnam

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In China, the Abbott Fund established AFINS in partnership with Project HOPE and Shanghai Children’s Medical Center (registration counter depicted here). The program is designed to provide a regional model for best practices in hospital-based pediatric nutrition. As part of an educational exchange in late 2009, partners from AFINS Vietnam toured SCMC in China.

Advancing Clinical Nutrition in China and Vietnam

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Depicted here, SCMC nutrition experts share their techniques while making rounds in hospital intensive care units.

Advancing Clinical Nutrition in China and Vietnam

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Displayed here are examples of nutritional products, medical devices, drugs and other tools used at SCMC.

Advancing Clinical Nutrition in China and Vietnam

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AFINS in Vietnam is just one part of Abbott’s global commitment to advancing nutrition science to help people live healthier lives.

Advancing Clinical Nutrition in China and Vietnam

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AFINS China has already trained almost 800 physicians and nearly 400 nurses and dieticians. In Vietnam, the program has helped integrate nutrition education into the curriculum at local medical schools, leading to the creation of sound nutritional guidelines for hospitals.

Advancing Clinical Nutrition in China and Vietnam

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   at AWS.Web.UI.WebControls.ImageDisplay.get_ImageUrl() The Abbott Fund Institute of Nutrition Science (AFINS) builds on the Abbott Fund strategy to invest in innovative, long-term solutions to improve the health of people around the world. The AFINS model is designed to advance understanding and practice of clinical nutrition. In both China and Vietnam, AFINS is focused on extensive training of physicians, nurses and dietitians and the integration of nutrition training into local medical school curricula, plus development of standardized nutritional guidelines. We established AFINS China in 2007, in partnership with Project HOPE and Shanghai Children's Medical Center, to address gaps in Pediatric clinical nutrition. In 2010, AFINS in Vietnam was inaugurated in partnership with Boston University, Bach Mai Hospital, the National Institute of Nutrition and Hanoi Medical University. AFINS is just one part of the Abbott Fund's broader outreach efforts to strengthen nutritional science, testing and practices in developing nations.
Results Source: Project HOPE, Boston University
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12/15/2014

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