Vietnam will work to improve nutritional status of under five-year old children who are stunned, especially those in ethnic minority-inhabited and mountainous areas, Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Truong Son said at the Nutrition for Growth (N4G) Summit held virtually in Japan on December 7-8.
At the same time, the country will control overweight and obesity among children with ages ranging up to 18 years, he added.
To fulfill these targets, Vietnam has devised action programmes in combination with commitments to policies and budget, according to the official.
Pointing out malnutrition as one of the biggest challenges facing the world, particularly in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, Son emphasised the need to enhance the role of parties, governments, ministries, agencies, associations, international organisations, businesses and people in this regard.
Nutrition is always a priority medical issue in resolutions and documents of the Vietnamese Party and Government, and is an important indicator in national and local socio-economic development plans, he said.
N4G is a global pledging moment to drive greater action toward ending malnutrition and helping ensure everyone, everywhere can reach their full potential.
The summit is an unprecedented opportunity to set the world on a pathway towards achieving the SDG targets – in particular, to end malnutrition in all its forms by 2030 and strengthen the link between diet, food systems and health. Its timing is key, with five years to achieve the 2025 World Health Assembly targets, and 10 years to reach the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.