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Volume 2016 |Article ID 7894746 |

Madhavi Bhargava, "Comment on “South Vietnamese Rural Mothers’ Knowledge, Attitude, and Practice in Child Health Care”", BioMed Research International, vol. 2016, Article ID 7894746, 1 page, 2016.

Comment on “South Vietnamese Rural Mothers’ Knowledge, Attitude, and Practice in Child Health Care”

Academic Editor: Beverly Muhlhausler
Received02 May 2016
Accepted20 Jun 2016
Published19 Jul 2016

The paper by Thac et al. is an important paper from the point of view of health care providers and policy makers in the context of Integrated Management of Childhood Illnesses (IMCI) in developing countries like India [1].

IMCI is an integrated approach which includes three main components [2]:(i)Improving case management skills of health-care staff.(ii)Improving overall health systems.(iii)Improving family and community health practices.The paper highlights the importance of the third and valuable component of IMCI, that is, “improving family and community health practices” by health education of mothers of under-five children. The figures mentioned in the paper clearly show that it is successful in achieving this third component.

India has made notable strides in tackling neonatal and childhood illnesses through a number of initiatives. These are in the form of addition of neonatal component in IMCI (IMNCI), training of community level grass-root workers such as Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA) and Anganwadi Workers (AWW), Home Based Neonatal Care (HBNC), facility based IMNCI, infant and young child feeding practices (IYCF), and Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram (RBSK) to name a few [3].

Health education and training of grass-root workers are being done in India, but organized component of health education of mothers needs to be incorporated for improving health practices at family and community level. This can be systematically introduced at national level using the community based platforms of Village Health Sanitation and Nutrition Committees (VHSNC) and Mahila Arogya Samitis (MAS) in India.

Competing Interests

The author declares that he has no competing interests.


  1. D. Thac, F. K. Pedersen, T. C. Thuong, L. B. Lien, N. T. Ngoc Anh, and N. N. Phuc, “South Vietnamese rural mothers’ knowledge, attitude, and practice in child health care,” BioMed Research International, vol. 2016, Article ID 9302428, 5 pages, 2016. View at: Publisher Site | Google Scholar
  2. WHO and UNICEF, Module 1—Introduction. Integrated Management of Neonatal and Childhood Ilnesses, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, New Delhi, India, 2003.
  3. National Health Mission, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, GOI. 2015,

Copyright © 2016 Madhavi Bhargava. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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