Kyrgyzstan is a poor, mountainous country with a predominantly agricultural-based economy. Due to the economic deterioration since independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, meat consumption has decreased considerably, especially among the poor. As a consequence, anemia remains common among women and children in Kyrgyzstan. In view of the high prevalence of anemia in Kyrgyzstan, the Kyrgyz-Swiss Health Reform Support Project (KSHRSP) of the Swiss Red Cross has initiated a pilot project in one district in Kyrgyzstan targeted to young children and pregnant and lactating mothers. This pilot project will test whether a weekly administration of Sprinkles in all three population groups is appropriate to help control the problem of anemia.
To generate data on effectiveness (including adherence and coverage), program feasibility and cost effectiveness of the Sprinkles intervention in Kyrgyzstan.
To determine the impact of the Sprinkles intervention on the prevalence of anemia among children 6-36 months and pregnant and lactating women.
To assess coverage, acceptability and adherence of the intervention.