With the collapse of the Soviet Union in the 1980s and the end to Russian financial aid to Mongolia,
economic constraints combined with a diet low in variety have led to micronutrient deficiencies including iron and vitamin D.
In year 2001, World Vision launched a nutrition program including home-based fortification, supplementation, social marketing
and community nutrition status to improve infant and community nutrition education. The program involved the distribution
of Sprinkles to 88% of children in World Vision program areas. This was the first large-scale distribution program using Sprinkles.
To decrease the prevalence of anemia by one third in children under five from 30 to 20% and rickets by 50%, from 40% to 20%.
Projected Project Outcomes:
After 2 years of program implementation using Sprinkles, the prevalence of anemia decreased by 38% and prevalence of iron deficiency anemia decreased by 28% in infants. The prevalence of rickets did not change overall after supplementation.
Sprinkles are being shown to be well accepted and added to traditional foods. Thus far, adherence has been high and distribution is showing to be successful even in remote areas.