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Multiple micronutrient powders for home fortification of foods consumed by children 6–23 months of age

After six months of age, when children start receiving semi-solid foods, intake of several vitamins and minerals can be insufficient to meet a child’s requirements, thus increasing their risk of developing anaemia and other micronutrient deficiencies.

Micronutrient powders are single-dose packets of vitamins and minerals in powder form that can be sprinkled onto any ready to eat semi-solid food consumed at home, school or any other point of use. The powders are used to increase the micronutrient content of a child's diet without changing their usual dietary habits.

WHO recommendations

Home fortification of foods with multiple micronutrient powders is recommended to improve iron status and reduce anaemia among infants and children 6–23 months of age.


A suggested scheme for home fortification with multiple micronutrient powders of foods consumed by infants and children aged 6–23 months can be found in the guideline, Use of multiple micronutrient powders for home fortification of foods consumed by infants and children 6–23 months of age, under 'WHO documents' below.

WHO documents


GRC-approved guidelines

Evidence


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28 July 2014 17:06 CEST

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Category 1 intervention

Guidelines have been recently approved by the WHO Guidelines Review Committee

Essential Nutrition Actions

This intervention is an Essential Nutrition Action targeting the first 1000 days of life.