Workshop on baby food marketing Vietnam

6 July 2016

On July 5th, The Vietnamese Ministry of Health in cooperation with Access to Nutrition Foundation (ATNF), Institute of Social and Medical Studies (ISMS) and Alive & Thrive Vietnam (A&T) organises a workshop on reviewing the compliances and violations of the Decree 100/2014/ND-CP on use and marketing of breastmilk substitutes.

The Legal department of the Ministry of Health will present the content of the Decree 100 and Inspection’s Report on Decree 100 implementation. Inge Kauer, Executive Director of ATNF, will present the results of ATNF’s study of marketing of Breast-milk substitutes (BMS) carried out in Vietnam between June and August 2015 and published in January 2016. ATNF commissioned US-based international research company Westat and local research partner ISMS to conduct the study. It assessed the extent to which BMS companies market their products in Ha Noi in line with the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes published by WHO in 1981 (The Code) and relevant Vietnamese regulations.

ATNF’s presentation includes the research´s key findings, a comparison of the types of incidences of non-compliance found by the two parallel studies in Vietnam and Indonesia, and recommendations for BMS manufacturers.

Large number of stakeholders from the non-governmental sector, government, media and BMS manufacturers will attend the meeting.

Special thanks to A&T and ISMS for supporting the preparations of this workshop.

The full report in Vietnamese can be found here.

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