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LAUNCH THE PROJECT ON MALNUTRITION PREVENTION FOR CHILDREN AT AGES UNDER 5 BASED ON AGRICULTURAL SOLUTIONS IN THE MOUNTAINOUS AREA IN PHU YEN

On July 7 2017, MCNV Central Vietnam and the Phu Yen Department of Health organized the project launching workshop on Accessing the Malnutrition Prevention for Children at Ages under 5 based on Agriculture Solutions in the Mountainous in Phu Yen province, period 2017 – 2020 (the NSA project). More than 30 participants taking part in the workshop were members of the Provincial/District People’s Committee, Departments of Health, and other Departments of Education, Agriculture and Rural Development, as well as members of the Women’s Union at different levels. The workshop was organized to: i) share experience among community-based malnutrition prevention projects which were conducted by MCNV; ii) introduce the approach of Nutrition Improvement based on agricultural solutions, and present the cooperation on malnutrition prevention between MCNV and Phu Yen, period 2017 – 2020. The project is divided into three phases: i) Research between July 2017 and June 2018; ii) Pilot Intervention from July 2018 to December 2019; and iii) Evaluation, Conclusion and Duplication of the Model in 2020.

Mr. Do Quang Trung – Deputy Director of the Health Centre of Dong Xuan was presenting project activities

The workshop agreed on the implementation of the retrospective research at two communes, Xuan Lanh and Xuan Quang 2, where MCNV were supporting community-based malnutrition prevention projects, to compare with two communes Xuan Quang 1 and Phu Mo to find suitable interventions to duplicate the model to mountainous communes in Phu Yen, not only at Dong Xuan but also at Son Hoa and Song Hinh.

Mr. Nguyen Huu Tu – Vice President of the Dong Xuan People’s Committee was sharing his ideas in the workshop

After the workshop, the Phu Yen Department of Health would support to conduct research studies at provincial level. Researchers are members of the Department of Health, Department of Education, Women’s Union, Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and Department of Planning and Investment. These entities will cooperate with MCNV to carry out project activities.

Participants in the workshop