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Child malnutrition rate cut significantly

The child malnutrition rate in Viet Nam was cut to 28.4 percent in 2003 from 33.8 percent in 2000 thanks to the National Programme to prevent micro-nutrient defficiency.

These figures were released at a press briefing in Ha Noi on Tuesday in the lead-up to the National Days for micro-nutrient on June 1 and 2.

The anaemic rate among pregnant women reduced to 32.2 percent from 52.7 percent in the same period.

This year, days of micro-nutrient aims to raise people's awareness of the help given to children and mothers. During the period of 6-36 months, children and their mothers will receive Vitamin A capsules, and 15-35 year-old women receive Iron tablets. They will also have health checks-up and further nutritional ingredients at the clinic when examined.

Viet Nam has reduced the rate annual of child malnutrition by 1.5-2 percent.

Viet Nam is striving to decrease the rate of child malnutrition to below 25 percent in 2005 and below 20 percent in 2010.

VNCG-VDC1 - (12/05/2004)

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