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Impact of Text Message Reminders on Caregivers' Adherence to a Home Fortification Program Against Child Anemia in Rural Western China: A Cluster-Randomized Controlled Trial

This study investigated whether text message reminders improved the efficacy of micronutrient powder in western China. Children 6 to 12 months were assigned to receive MNP and text message reminders, receive MNP and no text messages, or no intervention. Findings showed a small increase in compliance in the text message group relative to the no message group. The text message group had a decrease in anemia prevalence compared to the control group but there was no difference between the no message and control group. In was concluded that text message reminders enhanced caregiver compliance to the home fortification program, consequently improving children’s nutrition.

American Journal of Public Health, July 2016