ICDC supports Viet Nam in Monitoring and Enforcement of its Law

ICDC consultants, with the support of UNICEF Vietnam and its country partners, were in Vietnam in April to provide a series of training to government officials in monitoring and enforcement of its new Decree on Marketing and Usage of Feeding Products for Young Children(Decree 100/2014/NDCP).

Decree 100 is much more in line with the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes than previous measures. It was adopted in November last year and took effect on 1 March 2015. This timely collaboration is an extension from the support ICDC provided in Code implementation to UNICEF and the Vietnamese government over the past few years. (See Report “ICDC honoured to be part of Code strengthening effort in Vietnam”).

The two-day training was conducted consecutively in 3 cities: Ha Noi, Da Nang, and Ho Chi Minh City. In all, ICDC managed to train a total of 165 participants from various divisions of provincial Departments of Health. Participants, mainly food inspectors, food safety officials and health educators were provided with skills to monitor violations of Decree 100 and to give effect to the Decree through rules and procedures relating to inspection and enforcement of laws in Viet Nam.

Conducting training bilingually through an interpreter has its inherent challenges but both organisers and participants agree that this sort of capacity building is useful to prepare government officials in the enforcement of Decree 100.