New growth chart scaled up nationwide2005-04-07
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia – The World Health Day on 7 April 2005 was also marked in Mongolia with the passing of a health Ministerial order for a nationwide scaling up of the new growth chart.
The growth chart used previously by family doctors and parents in Mongolia was designed to monitor the growth of children with respect to health and nutrition only.
The new and revised version of the chart has been pre-tested in 2 rural soums (rural village) and 2 khoroos (sub-district) in Ulaanbaatar. The chart has a development checklist, which provides a tool for parents and health personnel to monitor children's development, according to development milestone. It also provides parents and caregivers with information on positive behaviors such as exclusive breastfeeding, introducing proper solid food, micronutrient supplementation, identifying symptoms of certain diseases and taking the necessary action as well as HIV/AIDS/STI prevention.
It is a comprehensive method of empowering family, especially mothers.
The Minister of Health issued an order on 7 April 2005 which underlines the importance of scaling up the new growth chart at the national level as it will give parents and caregivers the responsibility of monitoring the growth of children, since the health of a child should begin from home.
The new chart was developed by experts from the Nutrition Research Center in the Mongolian capital with the technical support of UNICEF.
For more information and interviews, please contact
Chanrav Burenbayar, Communications Officer, UNICEF Mongolia
Mungun Tuya, Project Officer, Health & Nutrition UNICEF Mongolia