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)