Sprinkles Global Health Initiative
Worldwide Programs
Bolivia
Project Name:
Microencapsulated Ferrous Fumarate Sprinkles in the Treatment of Iron Deficiency Anemia in Infants and Young Children in Bolivia

Project Category:
Clinical Trial

Status of Project:
Start date: March, 2002
Status: Completed

Implementing Organization:
Public Hospitals

Donor/Funding Agency:
Private Funding

Project Coverage:
302 children age 1-6 yrs

Organizations Involved:
Organization: Toronto Scarborough Hospital
Type of Organization: Public Hospital

Organization: Hospital Cuschieri
Type of Organization: Public Hospital

Project Description:
Bolivia, a country of 8.3 million inhabitants, is one of the poorest countries in Latin America, with 64% falling below the poverty line. Micronutrient deficiencies, especially iron and zinc are major nutritional problems in Bolivian children with levels of iron deficiency anemia as high as 70%.

Using an uncontrolled, prospective 'before and after' cohort design, anemic children (age range 1-6 years) were entered into a clinical trial to receive a daily sachet of Sprinkles (40 mg elemental iron) for a treatment period of two months. Children were also given one dose of pyrantel pamoate, an anti-helminthic to treat parasite infection endemic to this population.

Project Objectives:
To screen and treat a pediatric population at-risk for iron deficiency anemia with Sprinkles.
Key Findings:
  • After 2 months of treatment, the prevalence of anemia fell significantly, from 35% to 9%.
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