Nutrition & Food Security in uplands of Thailand and Vietnam

The Hanoitimes – A dissemination workshop on Nutrition & Food Security in uplands of Thailand and Vietnam was held on March 10 by the HealthBridge Vietnam (HBV) in Hanoi.
The workshop was attended by Ambassador of Canada to Vietnam David Devine, Country Director of HealthBridge Foundation in Vietnam Pham Hoang Anh and Deputy Director of the General Department of Preventive Medicine Truong Dinh Bac.
Speaking at the event, Canadian Ambassador Devine expressed his pleasure about the results of the “Nutrition and Food Security in Uplands of Vietnam and Thailand” research project.

At the workshop.

He added the key to life includes three simple things: clean air, clean water and good nutrition. However, malnutrition and food security remains a serious concern in both Vietnam and Thailand, particularly among ethnic minorities living in remote, upland areas.
Within the framework of the workshop, domestic and foreign experts discussed many topics including “Field to Fork: A multi-site research initiative to reduce malnutrition through nutrition-sensitive agriculture solutions” by Prof Prasit Wangpakapattanawong from Chiang Mai University, Thailand and “Project interventions and impacts on local farming and nutrition practices in Yen Chau district, Son La province” by Dr Pham Van Hoi, Vietnam Agriculture Institute.
The HBV has been in operation since 1993, focusing largely on Vietnam’s public health priorities such as tobacco control, alcohol control, cancer control, nutrition, gender equity, reproductive health and livable cities, using strategies such as: research, policy advocacy, capacity building, public education and network development.
Through these activities, the HBV responds to the health needs of the population and the technical, capacity-buliding needs of government and local partners.