Advancing the Understanding and Clinical Practice of Nutrition

Abbott Fund Institute of Nutrition Science (AFINS) was established in China in 2007 by Abbott in partnership with Project HOPE and Shanghai Children's Medical Center, to address gaps in Pediatric clinical nutrition. In 2010, AFINS in Vietnam was inaugurated in partnership with Boston University, Bach Mai Hospital, the National Institute of Nutrition and Hanoi Medical University. AFINS is just one part of the Abbott Fund's broader outreach efforts to strengthen nutritional science, testing and practices in developing nations.

Abbott Fund Institute of Nutrition Science (AFINS)

Abbott and Abbott Fund have partnered with Project Hope (in China) and Boston University (in Vietnam) to advance clinical nutrition in China and Vietnam, investing USD 6.1 million to create the Abbott Fund Institute of Nutrition Science (AFINS). The four core AFINS initiatives are:

    • Provide training and education programs targeting health professionals and the community
    • Conduct evidence-based research to build capacity and increase knowledge of health professionals to advance clinical nutrition practices
    • Develop and test standardized clinical nutrition support guidelines
    • Expand undergraduate and post-graduate training

In 2010, AFINS in Vietnam was inaugurated in partnership with Boston University, Bach Mai Hospital, the National Institute of Nutrition and Hanoi Medical University. AFINS is the first program of its kind in Vietnam to advance clinical nutrition in such a comprehensive way: through training, integrating better practices into hospital patient care, developing a specialty track in clinical nutrition among nurses resulting in a new academic degree and new jobs; and conducting research to identify best practices in nutrition medicine adapted to the Vietnamese context. These areas align with the Ministry of Health's broader goals to improve nutrition care across the country.

In both China and Vietnam, AFINS is focused on extensive training of physicians, nurses and dietitians and the integration of nutrition training into local medical school curricula, plus development of standardized nutritional guidelines. The Abbott Fund Institute of Nutrition Science leverages relationships with 25 hospitals in 17 provinces across China to train health care professionals and improve nutrition support.

AFINS is just one part of the Abbott Fund's broader outreach efforts to strengthen nutritional science, testing and practices in developing nations.

Significant results achieved since the programs began, including:

    • Enrolled first ever clinical nutrition specialty program at Hanoi Medical University (Vietnam)
    • Completed first significant hospital-based malnutrition study (Vietnam)
    • Over 5000 healthcare professionals have been rained and 50 pediatric research projects conducted
    • 27% Reduction in malnutrition among children admitted to SCMC (China)

Partners

  • Project HOPE

    Implementing NGO
    United States | Staff size: Unknown

    Founded in 1958, Project HOPE (Health Opportunities for People Everywhere) is dedicated to providing lasting solutions to health problems with the mission of helping people to help themselves....

  • Shanghai Children's Medical Center

    Institute, Service Providers
    Staff size: Unknown

    Shanghai Children’s Medical Center (SCMC) affiliated to Shanghai Jiaotong University School of Medicine is located on Dongfang Road, Shanghai Pudong New Area, is a tertiary Pediatric...

  • Boston University (BU)

    Institute
    United States | Staff size: 5001-10,000

    Boston University (most commonly referred to as BU or otherwise known as Boston U.) is a private research university located in Boston, Massachusetts. The university is nonsectarian, but is...

  • Hanoi Medical University (HMU)

    Institute
    Viet Nam | Staff size: 501-1000

    Hanoi Medical University has always been one of the leading medical universities of education in Vietnam with a rich history. With many contributions to national construction and defense...

  • Bach Mai Hospital (BMH)

    Institute, Service Providers
    Viet Nam | Staff size: Unknown

    Founded in 1911, the once small Cong Vong Contagious Hospital has developed over its 100 year history. Bach Mai Hospital (BMH) has now become a leading comprehensive general hospital with...

  • National Institute of Nutrition (NIN) - Vietnam

    Institute, Government
    Viet Nam | Staff size: 101-250

    The National Institute of Nutrition (NIN) under Ministry of Health was established in 1980 by the Government of Vietnam.

    The NIN is the leading institution responsible for research,...

  • Abbott Fund

    Foundation
    Staff size: Unknown

    The Abbott Fund was established by Abbott, a global health care company, in 1951, as a philanthropic foundation based in Illinois, United States. The Abbott Fund’s vision is to create...

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Key Information

LocationEast Asia and Pacific, China, Viet Nam
StatusActive
  • Start Date 2007
ValueUSD 6.1 Million
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