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Hanoi (VNA) – Mothers having under 2 year-old children in rural areas in the northern mountainous provinces of Thai Nguyen and Bac Giang have benefited from a nutrition communications project launched by the National Institute of Nutrition under the Ministry of Health from April 2014 to March 2017.

The project, funded by the Safe Water and Nutrition Project (SWAN) under the International Life Science Institute’s Centre for Health Promotion of Japan, has helped enhance capacity for health workers and key leaders at communes in communications on nutrition and food safety.

It has assisted communal officials in communication activities to popularise sufficient nutrition and safe supplements for children aging between 6-24 months, while providing mothers with knowledge of food safety and nutrition for children.

Meanwhile, it also worked to change care givers’ practices in making supplementary food for children, contributing to minimising the malnourished ratio among under-five-year-old children.

According to the National Institute of Nutrition, the project has also offered training courses for the Preventive Medicine Departments in districts and provinces on the topic.

The project has been expanded to the northern provinces of Ha Nam and Ninh Binh since April this year.-VNA