School milk programme improves nutrition of school children

Bac Ninh province will spend 420 billion VND on a school milk programme for more than 557,000 pre-school and primary pupils during 2017-2020. (Photo: baobacninh.com.vn) Bac Ninh (VNA) – The northern province of Bac Ninh has decided to splash out more than 420 billion VND (18.5 million USD) on a school milk programme for more than 557,000 pre-school and primary pupils during 2017-2020. Of the total, 210 billion VND (9.25 million USD) will come from the provincial budget, some 105 billion VND (4.62 million USD) by milk supplying businesses and 105 billion VND (4.62 million USD) from parents. Disadvantaged students will receive free milk. Per the programme, pre-school and primary school students will receive three 180 ml milk bottles per week for nine months. In the 2017-2018 academic year, some 139,000 local children, including more than 94,000 pre-school children and 44,000 primary students, will benefit from the programme. The school milk programme was launched nationwide on September 28, 2016. It targets providing all pre-school children and elementary pupils in poor districts with milk by 2020, meeting 90-95 percent of their energy demand and increasing the heights of school boys and girls by 1.5 and 2 centimetres, respectively. As many as 60 countries worldwide have responded to World School Milk Day launched by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation, including Japan, the Republic of Korea, the US, the UK and Thailand.-VNA... [read more]

>>> Dak Nong urged to ensure social security and poverty reduction At Dak Plao School, Deputy PM Dam graciously encouraged teachers and students to teach and learn, expressing his pleasure at the results achieved during the last school year. He also expressed his deep gratitude to teachers working in remote areas with special difficulties, such as Dak Plao Commune. He noted that the teachers had overcome many difficulties in life to bring knowledge to disadvantaged regions, helping ethnic minority pupils to get full educations. “It makes me very emotional that when we asked the teachers about their aspirations, no-one talked about personal aspirations, although I know that they are facing many difficulties,” the deputy PM said, adding that: “We should not forget the teachers who bring knowledge to the most difficult of places, with the simple wish that all children will receive proper educations.” Dak Plao School is located in the especially difficult Dak Plao Commune and has more than twenty teachers and 169 pupils, in which ethnic minority students account for 84.6%. At the ceremony, the National School Milk Programme awarded more than 6,000 boxes of milk to nearly 350 pupils at Quang Trung Primary School in Dak Plao, with a total value of nearly VND200 million. The programme was organised to bring millions of glasses of milk to elementary pupils in Dak Nong. Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam talks to pupils at the celebration of Vietnam Teachers’ Day at Dak Plao Secondary School on November 19. (Credit: VGP)…... [read more]

Hanoi youth shake it on the streets for love Several hundreds of Hanoi's young people took part in "Dance for love", which was held around Hoan Kiem Lake in Hanoi on October 16, to honour love, freedom and gender equality on the occasion of the upcoming Vietnamese Women's Day. Six teams of Vietnamese youth danced and sang on Dinh Tien Hoang walking street, informing passers-by about gender equality and freedom of choice. Attracted by the joyful dance and songs, many local inhabitants and tourists joined the teams by singing and dancing with them. "Vietnamese Women's Day on October 20 or the International Women' Day on March 8 shouldn't be only the occasion to honour women. But I think that they are an occasion to honour love, respect and mutual support between family members, friends and lovers. Let's make this day meaningful for both women and men," said Vu Phuong Thao, Deputy Director of the Institute for Studies of Society, Economics and Environment (iSEE), the organising committee. "This event was organised to raise awareness about the true meaning of love. Love someone doesn't mean that we put pressure on someone and expect him/her do what we want, but it means that we respect and support his/her choice, so that both women and men are free to develop their personal ability and live happily with their choice," she added. A newly released report by the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) and the Vietnam's Institute…... [read more]

National Assembly (NA) Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan and officials of the city handed over the milk at a ceremony in the locality on October 16. Speaking at the event, Deputy Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Dao Hong Lan highlighted the significance of the programme, which was initiated by the Vietnam Children Sponsoring Fund (VCSF) and the Vietnam Dairy Products Joint Stock Company (Vinamilk) in 2008. She said the programme has come to many regions nationwide, contributing to reducing malnutrition rate and improving physical and mental conditions of children. The fund hopes to receive greater assistance from local authorities, political and social organizations, businesses and individuals, and schools, so more milk will reach children, especially those in mountainous, border and islands areas, she stressed. In the coming time, the Can Tho municipal authorities will carry out a school milk programme under the support of the Ministry of Public Health and the Vietnam Dairy Association, which aims to help children have the best physical and mental growth. According to General Director of Vinamilk Mai Kieu Lien, the Milk Fund provided 30 million glasses of milk worth VND120 billion (US$5.4 million) free to 373,000 poor children nationwide over the last nine years. Previously, NA Chairwoman Ngan also presented 110 scholarships worth VND150 million (US$6,750) to outstanding students in Can Tho city at an art performance in the city on October 15. Jointly held by the VCSF, the municipal Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs and the Alaska Communications and…... [read more]

Rising odor, air pollution terrorize HCM City residents People in Ho Chi Minh City live in an increasingly polluted environment, exposing themselves to a variety of respiratory diseases and other health risks. Odor and air pollution in the southern hub have worsened on a daily basis, threatening the lives and well-being of local residents. The University Medical Center Ho Chi Minh City has reported a rising number of patients with respiratory illnesses arising from their regular exposure to contamination in the city. N.C.T., 43, living in District 2, was diagnosed with edema and nasal mucosa congestion resulting from the negative effects of dust and vehicle exhaust. According to the patient, the road in front of her house was under renovation about a month ago, creating a large volume of smoke and dust. Another victim, 60-year-old Pham Thi Lan from Da Phuoc Commune, Binh Chanh District, said the stink released from the Da Phuoc Waste Treatment Complex, about 150 meters from her house, has given her chronic headaches. Lan and her son have lived with the smell for years, at times less disturbing than at others, the woman stated, saying that they had to wear gauze masks even while sleeping at night. A large number of residents in the southern region have also reported the negative impact of the stench on their lives. According to doctors, those who live around such levels of pollution often experience insomnia and mental stress, followed by a series of illnesses. People breathing in a considerable…... [read more]

The central province of Nghe An aims to roll out the school milk program on a larger scale from the 2017-2018 academic year in an effort to prevent malnutrition among pre-school and primary school kids. 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 program worth over VND 87.1 billion (USD 3.9 million), of which VND 32.3 billion (USD 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 percent every year. From 44 percent in 1994, the rate has dropped to under 20 percent at present. Source: VNA... [read more]

Nghe An (VNA) – The central province of Nghe An aims to roll out the school milk programme on a larger scale from the 2017-2018 academic year in an effort to prevent malnutrition among pre-school and primary school kids. 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 87.1 billion VND (3.9 million USD), of which 32.3 billion VND (1.45 million USD) 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 percent every year. From 44 percent in 1994, the rate has dropped to under 20 percent at present.-VNA... [read more]

In a bid to improve the health of Vietnamese people, the government has been implementing its National School Milk Programme, which has been highly commended by the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation. This organisation’s Representative in Vietnam Jongha Bae told VIR’s Thanh Tung about this programme. For the first time in Vietnam’s history, the country’s government issued a decision approving a national programme on school milk. This programme is aimed to improve the nutrition (reducing the number of underweight children suffering from the rickets) of pre-school and junior high-school students by providing milk for them. This has been a big target of many national strategies on healthcare and nutrition. At the same time, this programme also highlights the right to access food for all children, especially those from disadvantaged social groups. It also provides long-sought solutions about financing, techniques, and communication, which will need support from all stakeholders. Regarding the milk standards of Vietnam’s School Milk Programme, what can Vietnam learn from its partners who are already running school milk programmes? Like with other food products, a wide range of factors need to be taken into consideration when setting the standards. Specifically, human health, food safety, and children’s nutritional needs should form the main priorities. Standards should be revised regularly, with clear but simple enforcement mechanisms of inspection and testing procedures to address arising quality and food safety concerns over milk products. In addition, standards need to cover voluntary aspects, such as guidelines on good practice as well as…... [read more]

Philippine President visits Vietnam Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte paid an official visit to Vietnam from September 28-29 at the invitation of President Tran Dai Quang. During the visit, President Duterte held talks with the host's counterpart Tran Dai Quang; called on General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong; had a meeting with Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc; and attended the State Banquet hosted by President Tran Dai Quang and received the delegation of Vietnam Business Community. During their meetings, they agreed to increase the exchange of high-level and other visits as well as people-to-people exchanges, uphold established bilateral cooperation mechanisms, and effectively implement the agreements signed between the two countries, especially the 9th Joint Commission on Bilateral Cooperation at the Foreign Minister level to be held in the Philippines in 2017. They noted the growing trade and investment relations between the two countries, and called on businesses to further increase the volume of two-way trade and investment; to enhance the environment in order to be conducive for businesses of both countries to invest in potential areas, including agriculture, food processing, tourism services, infrastructure; to consider the extension of the Memorandum of Agreement on Rice Trade and convene the 2nd Joint Commission on Trade. The leaders reaffirmed their commitment to maintaining and promoting peace, security, stability, safety and freedom of navigation and overflight, as well as unimpeded commerce in the region particularly in the East Sea, while calling for the peaceful resolution of disputes including full respect for legal and diplomatic processes,…... [read more]

Vietnam ranks third at ASEAN Skills Competition Vietnam won 10 gold medals, five silver and four bronze medals, ranking third at the 11 th ASEAN Skills Competition (ASC) that wrapped up in Malaysia on September 28. Malaysia ranked first with 24 gold, four silver and five bronze medals while Indonesia came second. Thailand and Singapore ranked fourth and fifth, respectively. Speaking at the closing ceremony, Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi stressed the importance of skilled workforce for the development of countries in the region, adding that together with education, occupational skill is an essential element in attracting foreign investors and driving the growth of each country. The five-day competition, starting from September 24-26 drew about 280 young skilled workers, from 9 ASEAN member countries (Brunei did not join this year event) competing in 22 occupational skills and two performance skills. The biennial event provides an opportunity for the exchange of knowledge, expertise and experience among delegates from member countries. This "meeting of minds" is expected to synergise the individual efforts of member countries to enhance skills training and standards in the region. Singapore will host the 12th ASC in 2018.PM urges knowledge-based new-style rural building New-style rural areas should be built by famers who have knowledge, creativity, and startup spirit, said Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc. Speaking at a teleconference on new-style rural area building in Hanoi on September 30, the PM cited processing machines made by farmers to clarify his view. To carry out the new-style rural…... [read more]




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