Nutrition

Use of multiple micronutrient powders for point-of-use fortification of foods consumed by infants and young children aged 6–23 months and children aged 2–12 years

Guideline

Authors:
World Health Organization

multiple micronutrient powders for point-of-use fortification of foods consumed by infants and young children aged 6–23 months and children aged 2–12 years publication cover

Publication details

Editors: World Health Organization
Number of pages: 60
Publication date: 2016
Languages: English
ISBN: 978 92 4 154994 3

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Overview

The use of multiple micronutrient powders for point-of-use fortification of foods has been suggested as an alternative to mitigate or overcome the constraints associated with supplementation and mass fortification. They are intended to increase the vitamin and mineral intake of infants and young children aged 6 to 23 months as well as preschool and school-age children aged 2–12 years.

This guideline is intended to help Member States and their partners in their efforts to make evidence-informed decisions on the appropriate nutrition actions to improve the nutritional status of infants and children aged 6 months to 12 years. It will also support their efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, the global targets set by the Comprehensive implementation plan on maternal, infant and young child nutrition, and the Global strategy for women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health 2016–2030.

It is intended for a wide audience, including governments, nongovernmental organizations, health-care workers, scientists and donors involved in the design and implementation of micronutrient programmes and antenatal care services, and their integration into national and subnational public health strategies and programmes.

This guideline provides global, evidence-informed recommendations on the use of multiple micronutrient powders for point-of-use fortification of foods consumed by infants and young children aged 6–23 months and children aged 2–12 years.

Evidence

  • De-Regil LM, Suchdev PS, Vist GE, Walleser S, Peña-Rosas JP.
    Home fortification of foods with multiple micronutrient powders for health and nutrition in children under two years of age. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2011, Issue 9. Art. No.: CD008959. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD008959.pub2.
  • De-Regil LM, Jefferds MED, Peña-Rosas JP.
    Point-of-use fortification of foods with micronutrient powders containing iron in children of preschool and school age (Protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2012, Issue 2. Art. No.: CD009666. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD009666.

Useful links

  • HF-TAG
    A manual for developing and implementing monitoring systems for home fortification interventions