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Improving the nutrition of women of childbearing age, pregnant women and children under five in disadvantaged areas (2008 - 2011)

The Scottish Government’s Chief Executive’s Letter (CEL) 36 (2008) sets out a strategy to improve the nutrition of women of childbearing age, pregnant women and children under five in disadvantaged areas to: 

  • increase the uptake of Healthy Start
  • support delivery of the HEAT target on breastfeeding
  • invest in specialist nutritional services
  • support delivery of existing programmes where they meet the general criteria set out in the letter
  • enable existing training for anyone involved in interventions with the target group to be taken up
  • focus on tackling health inequalities.

It recommends health boards should invest in specialist nutrition services and support, for example:

  • education of health professionals on importance of Vitamin D supplements for all pregnant and breastfeeding women
  • planning and delivering appropriate health professional interventions on Vitamin D and folic acid with pregnant and breastfeeding women

Read the full text of CEL 36.  Although the term of the CEL has now expired many NHS Boards continue to provide many of the activities outlined in CEL 36 as they contunue to be priorities set out in “Improving Maternal and Infant Nutrition: A framework for action” (Scottish Government 2011)