A baby followed in the nutrition workshops organized by Planète Enfants & Développement

Maternal and child health  Early childhood    2013-2020 

Health and nutrition check-ups for toddlers

According to the National Institute of Nutrition in Vietnam, 1.9 million young children suffer from malnutrition. Children from migrant families, who do not benefit from government health insurance programs, are particularly affected by this problem. 

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The context

13.2% of children under 5 years of age are obese in urban areas (National Institute of Nutrition in Vietnam).

Malnutrition results in stunted growth for some, but also, conversely, in a high rate of childhood obesity: food traditions are being lost to fast food, rich in fat.

Poverty has caused many rural residents to flee to the big cities, such as Ho Chi Minh City, the economic capital.

The children of these migrant families are particularly affected by this problem. 

In its program on the protection and development of ethnic minorities for 2021-2030, the government aims to reduce the rate of underweight and malnourished children under 5 years of age to less than 20%.

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For every 100€ collected by Planète Enfants & Développement, 85€ are dedicated to our social mission.

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million young children are malnourished


of children under 5 are obese in urban areas

children from poor families are more likely to be stunted

The project

Between 2013 and 2020,Planète Enfants & Développement worked with the Center for Disadvantaged Children and a social work center, CTSE, to identify children at risk, improve their nutritional status and change feeding practices of their parents in Ho Chi Minh City. 

In order to quickly detect children under 5 years old at risk of malnutrition in districts 9 and Tan Phu, Planète Enfants & Développement has set up an outreach program.

Until 2020, our social workers were available every week in the CTSE social centers, but also made home visits. They informed families about the city's health services or advised families on child nutrition.

Children detected as malnourished received individual follow-up.

At the same time, we have trained social workers in the organization of nutritional assessments and awareness sessions.

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"Thuy [social worker] insisted that I attend parenting or nutrition workshops with my husband so that we could better care for and communicate with our children. Before talking to other parents and social workers, I didn't see the point of it all. Now, it's not always easy after a long day at work, but I've come to realize that it's important to spend time, play with them and pay attention to what they've done in school, to their health."

Ngoc and his family, followed by PE&D social workers

Our partners in the field

The Center For Disadvantaged Children (CDED)) - coordinates social service development projects

The Center for Social Work for Children (CTSE) - coordinates child protection measures in Ho Chi Minh City. 

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