Introduction National nutrition strategy for 2011-2020, with a vision toward 2030

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In the last decade, socio-economic development combined with the attention, guidance, and investment from the Party and the Government, the efforts of health sector, and the active involvement of other sectors and the society, have contributed to improvement in household food security. Vietnam has shown remarkable achievement in improving health and nutritional status of the population. The majority of the objectives from the National Nutrition Strategy during the period of 2001 - 2010 have been met or exceeded. Nutrition knowledge and practices in the population have been remarkably improved. The prevalence of undernutrition in children under 5 has continuously and rapidly decreased. During the 35th session of the Standing Committee in Nutrition of the United Nations held in Hanoi in March 2008, UNICEF recognised Vietnam as one of the few countries with reduction of child malnutrition close to the Millenium Development Goals (MDG).

However, despite these remarkable achievements in recent years, Vietnam continues to face significant challenges in nutrition. While the rate of stunting in children under 5 remains at a high level, overweight/obesity and nutrition-related non-communicable diseases are on the rise. This dichotomy is refered to as the double burden of nutrition. The challenges in the present context require stronger nutrition and health interventions in the general population, contributing to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, which the Vietnamese Government has committed to within the international community.

Investment in nutrition is an investment in building human capacity of high quality to further the industrialisation and modernisation of the country. The National Nutrition Strategy (NNS) is an essential tool that cannot be detached from the economic and social development strategies of the country; which work jointly to address the emerging nutrition problems and to continue to improve the nutrition status of Vietnamese people. These strate- gies are particularly important in addressing the nutrition needs of women and children, thus contributing to increased stature, physical and intellectual status of Vietnamese people.

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Summary of main findings of general nutrition survey and NNS, 2011-2020