Vietnam leads drop in child malnutrition


Vietnam has achieved the fastest reduction in child malnutrition in the region with an average annual decline of 1.5 percent, according to the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).

Malnutrition rates in children under five (in terms of weight) fell from 44 percent in 1994 to just over 20 percent in 2008, 18 percent in 2009 and 17 percent in 2010.

Luu Thi Hong, deputy director of the Ministry of Health's Department of Maternal and Child Health, said Vietnam fulfilled the national target of reducing malnutrition rates to below 20 percent in 2010, two years ahead of schedule.


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