Abbott and the journey of helping children in Vietnam

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Mr. Jullian Caillet, General Manager, Abbott Nutrition, gives Grow milk to children in Duy Tan primary school in Lien Chieu District, Da Nang

Within the first two weeks of October 2013, the central provinces of Vietnam (from Thanh Hoa to Quang Nam) have been severely damaged by two Category-1 Level Wutip and Nari Typhoons, leaving 17 dead and injured 235 others, affecting hundreds of thousands of people, especially children, and causing losses of over VND 12.5 trillion (U.S $595.228 million), according to reports by the Central Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention and Control.

Understanding that the children's health has been more vulnerable in the post-typhoon periods due to the lack of shelter, food and water hygiene, and especially nutrition, on Oct. 20, 2013, Abbott, the global healthcare company, the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union and the Vietnam Youth Federation signed a cooperation agreement in which Abbott provides product donations worth VND5 billion (US$228,000). Abbott hopes that the donations would immediately support the children affected by the two typhoons in nine central provinces of Vietnam, hoping that they will be able to come back to school without any nutritional deprivation.

Abbott's donation of nutritional products includes more than 10,420 cartons of Grow G Power liquid milk, which provides nutritional for children aged 3 and older. These nutritional products are supplied to over 125,000 children in devastatingly affected areas.

Children in Da Nang were the first recipients of Abbott nutritional products on Oct. 21, 2013 given by members of Abbott and the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union. Quang Nam, Quang Ngai, Thua Thien Hue, Quang Tri and Quang Binh Province were the next storm-hit areas that the donation has reached. So far, 355,200 bottles of Grow G Power liquid milk have reached more than 88,000 pupils in the six central provinces.

"Our thoughts are with the many people who have been affected by typhoon Wutip," said Mr. Jullian Caillet. "Together with the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union, Abbott is working to provide assistance through product donations to help communities recover in the days and weeks ahead."

Abbott Vietnam has a strong tracked record in local support. Since 1995, Abbott and its philanthropic foundation - Abbott Fund have provided nearly VND190 billion (US$9 million) in grants and product donations to address critical health issues in Vietnam, including clinical nutrition programs and community initiatives to improve the nutritional status of Vietnamese children in rural areas.

"The storm has caused great losses in terms of both human life and property after sweeping across the central region. It will take months if not years for them to recover from the storm," Mr. Nguyen Dac Vinh, First Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union, said. "We deeply appreciate Abbott's support to help advance immediate relief efforts. We hope that the donation will help to provide needed nutritional support for children in affected areas as they try to overcome this tough time".

When natural disasters and other emergencies strike, Abbott responds quickly with grants and product donations to trusted humanitarian relief partners not only to meet people's immediate needs, but also to assist with longer-term reconstruction and rehabilitation efforts. For the last 10 years, for instance, Abbott and the Abbott Fund have coordinated with AmeriCares to support Giao Diem Humanitarian Foundation in Pediatric Nutrition Program with up to USD 2.4 million in grants and product donation. The program focused on Quang Tri, Thua Thien and An Giang three provinces where childhood malnutrition rates have been among the highest in the country. Fighting malnutrition of children in rural areas has also been one of the long-term of Abbott in Vietnam.

Those meaningful activities are parts of Abbott's global citizenship journey and also play as typical examples how a global company operate in a sustainable manner. The company is on the journey continuing to create the better life quality for communities.

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