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MoH releases mothers' health guidelines

Released at: 15:58, 23/03/2017

MoH releases mothers' health guidelines

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National Guidelines on Nutrition for Pregnant Women and Lactating Mothers to enhance health of women of reproductive age.

by Doanh Doanh

The Ministry of Health has announced the launch of “National Guidelines on Nutrition for Pregnant Women and Lactating Mothers”, aimed at enhancing the health of women of reproductive age and the stature of Vietnamese people.

The ministry developed the guidelines in order to provide nutritional information and knowledge to doctors, midwives and nurses in taking care of pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers, as well as scientists and teachers teaching obstetrics and gynecology and pediatrics.

The guidelines have been compiled by leading professors and doctors working in the fields of nutrition, obstetrics and gynecology and pediatrics, with technical and financial support from Abbott Laboratories. The ministry will hold workshops to disseminate the guidelines in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Da Nang. Training will then be provided for healthcare professionals to improve the nutritional status of pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers.

“The guidelines are one of the practical activities conducted by the ministry to effectively implement the National Strategy on Nutrition for the 2011-2020 Period and Vision to 2030, approved by the Prime Minister,” said Mr. Nguyen Duc Vinh, Director of the ministry’s Maternal and Child Health Department.

“Abbott is honored and proud to be part of this journey through our scientific knowledge and financial support to the National Guidelines on Nutrition for Pregnant Women and Lactating Mothers and the upcoming national program,” said Mr. Douglas Kuo, General Manager of Abbott Vietnam. “These national guidelines will be helpful and play a key role for doctors and healthcare practitioners in consulting and caring for pregnant women, lactating mothers, and infants, and marks a milestone in improving the nutritional state of Vietnamese children in the long term.” As a global healthcare company, Abbott’s mission is to help people all over the world live the best possible life through the power of health.

Vietnam’s nutritional status has improved in recent years and it is recognized internationally as one of the outstanding countries in achieving the Millennium Development Goals relating to maternal and child health, especially in the continuous and sustainable decline of acute and chronic malnutrition among children under five years old. It still faces the double burden of nutrition, however: the number of chronic diseases relating to nutrition has a tendency to increase, such as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and metabolic disorder, while many pregnant women and lactating mothers have not been provided with sufficient nutrition information.

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