Sprinkles Global Health Initiative
Worldwide Programs
Pakistan
Project Name:
Sprinkles intervention to control anemia in Pakistani and Afghan infants and young children: Lessons learned from a pilot project

Project Category:
Pilot Study

Status of Project:
Status: Completed January 2005

Implementing Organization:
Frontier Primary Health Care

Project Coverage:
844 children 6-36 months

Donor/Funding Agency:
H.J. Heinz Foundation

Organizations Involved:
Organization: Frontier Primary Health Care
Type of Organization: NGO

Project Description:
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.
Project Objectives:
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.
Key Findings:
  • 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.
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