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Hanoi (VNA) – About 35,000 children aged 0-8 and 25,000 parents and caregivers will benefit from a UNICEF-funded project “Mobile integrated early childhood development (MIECD)”, heard a workshop in Hanoi on December 14.

The use of mobile technology in the project is part of the Comprehensive Child Development Programme (CCDP), which requires a multi-sector and inter-ministerial approach to ensure early caring for and nurturing children.

Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Viet Tien said the workshop served as a venue for relevant parties to discuss their roles to ensure coordination in planning and implementing the initiative.

The project will comprise eight modules in the fields of maternity care, infant care, nutrition, early interaction, care for disabled children, clean water and environmental sanitation, comprehensive child development and surveying.

It will be piloted in 27 disadvantaged communes in the Central Highlands provinces of Kon Tum and Gia Lai and the northern mountainous province of Dien Bien.

Mobile technology will help collect data and analyse information related to mothers and children, supporting medical workers in providing reasonable and timely interventions.

Vietnam’s large mobile network coverage allows easier access to vulnerable groups of women and children in remote areas, contributing to minimising inequality in accessing health care among different communities in Vietnam.

On the occasion, the ministry established a national Steering Committee to provide technical assistance, build plans and implement the CCDP.-VNA