The school milk programme in Vietnam has been going from strength to strength since its implementation seven years ago. The programme is currently run across three provinces and provides 300,000 children with milk from Tetra Pak customer, Vinamilk.
Tetra Pak Communications Manager Ta Bao Long explains that economic growth has allowed each of the provinces to establish a solid infrastructure that, overall, provides good education and healthcare for children. However, growth has been unequal, and the gap between rich and poor is widening. Particularly in the more remote areas of the provinces, there are still many groups of people living below UN poverty standards.
Jointly funded by Vinamilk and the provincial governments for Ba Ria Vung Tau, Bac Ninh and Dong Nai, the programme is having a very positive impact on the children’s health, as well as making a noticeable improvement to school attendance.
Ta Bao Long confirms, “Figures from one of the provinces involved, Ba Ria Vung Tau, show that the malnutrition rate for children aged three to five fell from 15.6% in 2007 to 3.7% in 2014. And school attendance is rising by an average of 3,000 children per year – double the rate they were seeing before the programme started.”
Read more about the success of and priorities for the programme, as well as plans for the future using the link below.