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Early childhood care in Vietnam

Ensuring vulnerable children enjoy the best start in life

Kindergarten students in a classroom built by Plan International in Ha Giang, Vietnam
Kindergarten students in a classroom built by Plan International in Ha Giang, Vietnam

Plan International Vietnam is a leading specialist in early childhood care, and our ECCD work is still a cornerstone for our work in Vietnam. In the isolated areas of the country where we operate, nutrition and reproductive health are major factors impacting the health and wellbeing of children. Using the integrated management of acute malnutrition (IMAM) and HEBI (a locally produced ready-to-use therapeutic food), our nutrition pilot programmes are ensuring that severely and moderately malnourished children in selected communes in Quang Binh and Quang Ngai provinces are able to rehabilitate properly. We are partnering with village birth attendants in Ha Giang province to increase the number of deliveries attended by a skilled birth attendant, ensuring that all such attendants have access to ongoing training, and we believe this will result in safer delivery conditions in the communities where we work. Our strong partnerships with communities mean that out of 379 villages, 83 (22%) have so far been declared Open Defecation Free.