The project aims to tackle malnutritrion and micronutrient deficiencies of children in preschool and elementary age, which can affect long-term physical and mental development of children. In one school year (2018 -2019), the project will provide a daily glass of fresh school milk to 300 poor children in Quy Hop district, Nghe An province, combined with communication to raise awareness among parents, teachers, local authorities and communities about nutrition care for children
The rate of malnutrition and micro-nutrient deficiencies of Vietnamese children is quite high in comparison with other countries in the world, especially poor children in disadvantaged areas such as Quy Hop district. This situation leads to poor physical, stature and mental development of the child, even causing illness and death. Some of reasons are children are not allowed to drink fresh milk regularly and not properly nutritional cared; parents have no money and lack knowledge and skills.
The project provides daily school milk for 300 poor children in Quy Hop district in one school year (2018-2019). Persons involved in child care work are raised awareness of the role of fresh school milk with the children's development, as well as how to properly nutritional care for children. Positive changes and lessons learned will be documented and shared to further replicate the project model, for example increasing the number of supported children, and/or expanding the project area.
The project will help improve nutrition, harmoniously develop height and weight index, and prevent malnutrition for 300 poor children in Quy Hop district. Therefore, children will develop well mental and physical health in the future, which is a prerequisite for children and families to have a better life. In addition, for poor children in disadvantaged areas, the provision of daily school milk also encourages children to go to school.