Viet Nam, UN fight drought malnutrition

Update: April, 05/2017 – 09:00


  • Viet Nam UN fight drought malnutrition
Two-year-old Va Vi Nhong Kim holds a ready-to-use therapeutic food sachet, his daily nutrition enhancement staple. — Photo courtesy of UNICEF

Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI —  Thousands of children under the age of five living in Central region drought-hit areas are recovering from malnutrition due to an Emergency nutrition intervention programme project.

The news was revealed in a report from National Institute for Nutrition (NIN) at a seminar held in Hà Nội.

The programme, with financial support worth US$4 million from UNICEF and the Government of Japan, has fulfilled its target of improving nutrition conditions for 7,640 children with severe and acute malnutrition (SAM) in 6 provinces of Ninh Thuận, Kon Tum, Gia Lai, Trà Vinh, Hậu Giang and Cà Mau.

The children were among 27,500 young kids suffering from malnutrition. In addition, 39,000 pregnant and lactating women lack nutrition in the 18 provinces affected by drought, the report said.

The programme focused on areas of safe water supply, promotion of sanitation and hygiene, providing micro-nutrient supplements for the most vulnerable women and children.

According to the institute, about 83,560 pregnant and lactating women , 62,270 children of six to 23 months are benefiting from the programme. They were provided multiple micronutrients for three months and participated in various nutrition training courses.

In addition, there was an increase in malnutrition among children at drought-affected regions, it announced.

Specifically, the number of children under the age of five suffering severe acute malnutrition (SAM) rose from between 1.3-1.8 per cent to between 1.9-2.1 per cent in 2016, it said.

Addressing the event, Deputy Minister of Health Nguyễn Thanh Long praised the project’s achievements, saying it has not only helped improve nutrition conditions of women and children but also enhanced knowledge for local health workers.

Jesper Moller, deputy representative of the UNICEF in Việt Nam, expressed his hope that the project’s initial results would help boost nutrient and health care services for Vietnamese women and children in disaster affected areas.

A joint rapid assessment conducted in March last year by the Vietnamese government, the UN, and non-governmental organisations estimated that in the 18 most severely-affected provinces, around two million people were without access to water and 1.1 million people were in need of food aid. More than 60,000 women and children are already malnourished, and about 1.75 million people have lost their livelihoods as a result of the worsening situation.

In the same month, the government requested assistance from international partners for its relief efforts, prioritising support to ensure safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene practices and nutritional support in drought-affected areas and enhanced monitoring of potential disease outbreaks.

On 26 April 2016, the Government of Việt Nam, United Nations and partners appealed to the international community to support a US$48.5 million joint Government-United Nations emergency response plan to address the El Nino drought, affecting as many as two million people in southern and central regions.  — VNS

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About Trần Đình Hoành

I am an attorney in the Washington DC area, with a Doctor of Law in the US, attended the master program at the National School of Administration of Việt Nam, and graduated from Sài Gòn University Law School. I aso studied philosophy at the School of Letters in Sài Gòn. I have worked as an anti-trust attorney for Federal Trade Commission and a litigator for a fortune-100 telecom company in Washington DC. I have taught law courses for legal professionals in Việt Nam and still counsel VN government agencies on legal matters. I have founded and managed businesses for me and my family, both law and non-law. I have published many articles on national newspapers and radio stations in Việt Nam. In 1989 I was one of the founding members of US-VN Trade Council, working to re-establish US-VN relationship. Since the early 90's, I have established and managed VNFORUM and VNBIZ forum on VN-related matters; these forums are the subject of a PhD thesis by Dr. Caroline Valverde at UC-Berkeley and her book Transnationalizing Viet Nam. I translate poetry and my translation of "A Request at Đồng Lộc Cemetery" is now engraved on a stone memorial at Đồng Lộc National Shrine in VN. I study and teach the Bible and Buddhism. In 2009 I founded and still manage on positive thinking and two other blogs on Buddhism. In 2015 a group of friends and I founded website CVD - Conversations on Vietnam Development ( I study the art of leadership with many friends who are religious, business and government leaders from many countries. In October 2011 Phu Nu Publishing House in Hanoi published my book "Positive Thinking to Change Your Life", in Vietnamese (TƯ DUY TÍCH CỰC Thay Đổi Cuộc Sống). In December 2013 Phu Nu Publishing House published my book "10 Core Values for Success". I practice Jiu Jitsu and Tai Chi for health, and play guitar as a hobby, usually accompanying my wife Trần Lê Túy Phượng, aka singer Linh Phượng.

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