Mongolia (Contact: Claudia Schauer; Distribution Ongoing)
Evaluation of the Distribution of Micronutrient Sprinkles in over 10,000 Mongolian Infants Using a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Model.
Economic instability and severe winters have resulted in food shortages across Mongolia. As a result, micronutrient deficiencies are common among children. In a cross sectional survey conducted by World Vision, the prevalence of anemia (Hb<115 g/L) and vitamin D deficiency rickets (causing irreversible bone malformation) was found to be 42% and 33%, respectively, among Mongolian infants 6-36 months of age.
Sprinkles are unique in that other micronutrients in addition to iron, such as vitamin A, vitamin D, folic acid and zinc, can be included in the formulation for large-scale distribution to children at risk of multiple micronutrient deficiencies.
In the summer of 2001, Sprinkles were implemented for the first time into program by World Vision Mongolia. The objective of the program is to significantly reduce the …