Accordingly, all children in pre-schools and primary schools across the province will receive 180ml milk packages five days per week. The malnutrition rate among under-five children in the locality is expected to drop to the country’s average in 2020.
Nghe An is working on a mechanism to provide free-of-charge milk for poor children, those with disabilities and orphans.
During the 2015-2016 academic year, the province piloted a school milk programme worth over VND87.1 billion (US$3.9 million), of which VND32.3 billion (US$1.45 million) came from TH Group, one of Vietnam's leading milk suppliers.
Data from the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals (MDG) initiative shows that the rate of child malnutrition in Vietnam is declining by 1.5% every year. From 44% in 1994, the rate has dropped to under 20% at present.