Jul 2013 – Dec 2018
Averting anaemia in Bangladesh
Bangladesh – South Asia
To increase the use of micronutrient powders to reduce anaemia in under-fives in Bangladesh.
$14,619,379 Multi-Year Grant Value
The programme is working to increase the use of micronutrient powder in infant and young child feeding practices and incentivise health workers to increase sales of the product.
Tafsir was exclusively breastfed from birth for the six months. After six months, he ate complementary food with micronutrient powder (Pushtikona 5). Initially, the use of micronutrient powder was inconsistent and his diet was not suitably diversified. This led to Tafsir feeling sick and weak.
Tafsir's mother was visited by a BRAC health worker, who counselled her on the importance of micronutrients and a diverse diet. With the health worker's support, Tafsir's nutrition and health improved, meaning he is a healthy, active and playful child.Photo credit: GAIN