Theprogramme, scheduled to be submitted to the Prime Minister for approvalin July 2013, will benefit two million children across the country witheach of them given 200-220ml of milk a day, said a seminar in Hanoion June 10.
Addressing the event, MoLISA DeputyMinister Doan Mau Diep highlighted the lack of micronutrients and thehigh rate of children under five years old with stunted growth.
He described the programme as a practical solution to fulfil nationaltargets of reducing the rate of malnutrition among children and promotetheir physical growth.
Delegates at the event agreedon the need to put forth a long-term plan on the development of dairycow farms and the milk industry to ensure the programme’ssustainability.
They also touched upon the importanceof the right nutrient supplements for children, especially milk andmilk formula products.
According to UNICEF,one-third of Vietnamese children under the age of five are stunted as aresult of malnutrition. But Vietnam is making progress, currentlyleading the way in lowering rates of malnutrition.
Data from the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals ( MDG )initiative shows that the rate of child malnutrition in Vietnam isdeclining by 1.5 percent every year. From 44 percent in 1994, the ratehas dropped to under 20 percent at present.-VNA
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