CDD Prevention and Control: Protecting Children in Remote and Disadvantaged Areas in Vietnam

November 20, 2014

AMP and the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology (NIHE) completed a situation analysis of child diarrheal diseases (CDDs) in Vietnam in November 2014. Children under the age of five in Vietnam experience more than two diarrheal episodes per year, and CDD is the third leading cause of mortality in this age group.

The situation analysis, conducted at national and local level (Dien Bien, Ca Mau, and Thai Binh), demonstrated the lack of appropriate preventive measures among caregivers including:

In addition, health service providers are insufficiently informed and updated on case management.

A 2014 national survey revealed that only 58% of children under the age of five years with diarrhea in the last two weeks received oral rehydration therapy; zinc supplements, part of CDD treatment, reached less than 13% of affected children. Moreover, it was shown that caregivers among ethnic minorities have particularly poor knowledge of CDD case management and prevention.

Given these challenges, it is strongly recommended to develop targeted interventions that aim to:

In the framework of the CHILDI-V Project, NIHE and AMP will contribute to the implementation of the recommendations to save more lives of under-five children in vulnerable communities in Vietnam.