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Summary of Vietnam School Milk Programme

Tong Xuan Chinh, Department of Livestock Production, 

Ministry of Agriculture and rural Development of Vietnam

The Prime Minister did approve the National School Milk Programme for improving nutritional state and enhancing physical conditions of nursery school children and primary school pupils to 2020.

The objective of the programme is to improve the nutrition of nursery school children and primary school pupils through the daily provision of milk in order to reduce malnutrition, enhance children stature and physical strength.
The programme will achieve the following goals:

  • By 2020, 90% of urban and 60% of rural parents and custodians whose children participate in the School Milk Programme receive nutrition education.
  • By 2020, 100% preschool children and primary school pupils living in poor districts are participating in the School Milk Programme.
  • By 2020, 70% preschool children and primary school pupils in urban and rural areas are participating in the School Milk Programme;
  • By 2020, energy requirements of preschool children and primary school pupils are met by 90%-95%
  • By 2020, the proportion of animal protein over protein total of children’s diets taken by preschool children and primary school pupils rises by 40%
  • By 2020, meeting requirements of iron, calcium, vitamin D for preschool children and primary school pupils increases by 30%
  • By 2020, reducing the underweight malnutrition of preschool children and primary school pupils with average of 0.6%/year.
  • By 2020, reducing the stunting malnutrition of preschool children and primary school pupils with average of 0.7%/year.
  • By 2020, an average height of primary school age’s children (6 years old) increases from 1.5 cm to 2.0 cm in both sexes compared with 2010.

Annual budget of the programme will be partly covered by the central and provincial governments. However, it is expecting that the majority of the programme is sponsored by dairy companies, career associations, international organization, individuals, etc. in the framework of annual charity programmes.

The most important issue for the Vietnam School Milk Proramme is how to develop national dairy quality standards and regulationa for the School Milk Programme, to manage liquid milk products derived from 100% fresh raw milk and from reconstituted imported milk powder and to set up technical barriers to support domestic dairy raising.