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Summary Report: General Nutrition Survey 2009-2010

Assessment of nutrition status, food consumption and monitoring of related factors are worldwide paid attention. The progress or problems existing in health-nutrition through nutritional and health indicators recommended by WHO, UNICEF, FAO should be monitored for the purpose of developing early interventions and effective prevention strategies. In Asia, there are still many challenges threaten the nutritional health status of people in some countries. Meanwhile, many countries - including Vietnam - have achieved remarkable success in hunger - poverty reduction and reduce the of malnourished prevalence in children.

Heading into the next decade, the conduction of General Nutrition Survey (GNS) every 10 years is required for the purpose to assess the current nutritional situation and to analysis correlative factors and identify the risk factors. The survey results were used as an evidence bases for development of Action Plan for Nutrition in new period 2011-2020. The objective of this GNS is to assess nutritional status, household food consumption and other nutrition related issues in Vietnamese people, particularly children under 5 years old. This survey has been implemented in 512 randomly selected communes of 432 districts in 64 provinces (the administrative boundaries of provinces and cities in Vietnam before 2008). The data collection method mainly consists of interviewing, anthropometric measurement, 24-hours dietary recall and basic information of the health centres at communal, district and provincial levels. The provincial survey teams were responsible for the data collection and data checking before transferring to NIN for data cleaning and entering. Data analyzed by using Stata 11 with cluster sampling survey correction with the assistance of an international data analysis expert. The anthropometric indicators of children were analyzed based on WHO 2007 standard reference.

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