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Programme addressing stinted growth and malnutrition launched

Hanoi, September 5 (VNA) – The Ministry of Health, in conjunction with the Ministry of Education and Training, Vietnam Television and TH True Milk JSC, held a ceremony in Hanoi on September 4 to launch a nutritional programme promoting healthy child growth.

Addressing the event, President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF)’s Central Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan acknowledged that today’s 12 million children will become the masters of the country in the next decades.

He urged milk companies, social organisations and donors to provide free milk for poor children, adding studies have shown that 600,000 children do not have access to milk.

According to the Ministry of Health, the calcium in milk is an essential nutrient that contributes greatly to healthy physical growth and brain development, especially in children.

This programme is part of a master plan to promote healthy child development and eradicate stinted growth in Vietnam in the 2011-2030 period. It aims to tackle Vietnam’s long-standing malnutrition problem.

Also at the ceremony, VFF President Nhan symbolically presented 1 million glasses of milk to Ministry of Education and Training representatives in order to deliver them to children in poor and island districts.