The Mexican poverty alleviation program, Oportunidades provides a fortified food supplement to all beneficiary
children under 2 years of age, and all pregnant and lactating women. The supplements are in the form of a pap for infants
(Nutrisano) and a drink for women (Nutrivida). However, nutritional deficiencies persist and there is
evidence of a very high prevalence of obesity among beneficiaries. It is not clear whether the supplements
are contributing to obesity in these populations. Sprinkles, which are not designed as a source of calories, may therefore be
a more valuable option for solving the problem of micronutrient deficiencies in these populations. With this concept in mind,
the National Institute of Public Health has designed a study integrating Sprinkles into the current program. The study will
take place over one year with the aim to determine whether Sprinkles can alleviate micronutrient deficiencies in this population
without contributing to obesity.
To compare the impact of Sprinkles and Nutrisano (Nutrivida for women) using drops (pills for women) as a positive control group, on child growth and development, weight gain and retention in pregnant women, and the micronutrient status of women and children.
Projected Project Outcomes:
Prevalence of anemia after intervention with 3 nutritional supplements
Compliance and acceptability of the supplements