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The Vitamin and Mineral Powders Journey in Namutumba District, Uganda

SPRING/Uganda applies a multi-sectoral approach to reduce stunting and anemia. In Namutumba District (which includes the Busoga region, where 60 percent of children suffer from malnutrition), SPRING helped the Ugandan Ministry of Health pilot the rollout of micronutrient powders (MNP), known locally as "vitamin and mineral powders." 

In addition to piloting point-of-use MNP to fortify complementary foods for infants 6–23 months old, the project explored how MNP distribution can be integrated into infant and young child feeding practices. Distribution was done in both health facilities and through Village Health Teams to reach over 22,000 children in the district over a nine-month period.

SPRING/Uganda’s methods, tools, and role in the area was documented, and more information is available in the resources listed below.