Iron deficiency anemia affects around 60-90% of children in Pakistan and is known to be even higher in Afghan refugee populations. In view of this high prevalence of iron deficiency anemia, a pilot study was conducted in the Kagan area of Mardan district, NWFP, an area with a high population of Afghan refugees as a first step to a potential program in this region. 60 sachets were distributed over a period of 2 months in the catchment area of the Kagan Health Center to 844 children aged 6-36 months.
To measure the effect of the Sprinkles intervention on anemia and to assess the compliance and acceptability of Sprinkles in children 6-36 months of age.
Anemia prevalence decreased from 86% to 51% after 2 months of intervention.
On average, children consumed 73% of the sachets given and acceptability was found to be high.