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New research on maternal and child undernutrition launched in Viet Nam

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Ha Giang Province, Viet NamLancet series highlights pregnancy and the first 24 months as critical window for reducing undernutrition

Ha Noi, Viet Nam - Leaders from the Viet Nam Ministry of Health, the National Institute of Nutrition and other government ministries recently joined representatives from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, UNICEF, World Health Organization, United Nations Standing Committee on Nutrition, Asian Development Bank and Save the Children to launch a landmark series of research papers on maternal and child undernutrition published in the leading international medical journal The Lancet.

The Lancet’s Series on Maternal and Child Undernutrition, funded in part by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, draws international attention to the critical role of early nutrition in the health and development of children and the economic growth of nations.  Viet Nam, one of only seven countries around the world where the significant Lancet papers are being launched, was chosen because of the strides the country has made in improving nutrition and its commitment to reducing stunting among the population.

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