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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 37-40

Effectiveness of the sprinkles rich in amino acids and micronutrients (VIAMINOKID) to nutritional status and micronutrients of stunted children under 3 years old in Vietnam

1 President, Vietnam Nutrition Association (VINUTAS)
2 Vietnam Nutrition Association (VINUTAS)

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Le Thi Hop
President, Vietnam Nutrition Association (VINUTAS)

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The study aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of the supplementation of VIAMINOKID (a product enriched with amino acids and micronutrients) on stunted children 12-47 months old in 2 communes (Bac Giang Provine) with following objective: To evaluate the effectiveness of VIAMINOKID on anthropometric índices, values of Hemoglobin, Ferritin, zinc, IGF-I, and IgA of stunted children 1 to 3 years old after 9 months of intervention (T9) and 6 months after the intervention completed (T15). A community-based randomized controlled intervention trial was conducted in 180 stunted children from 12 to 47 months living in 2 communes of Luc Ngan district, Bac Giang province. The intervention last for 9 consecutive months; In the trial, the intervention group received 2 sachets of VIAMINOKID a day for 9 months. The results showed that the supplementation of VIAMINOKID had improved anthropometric indices of stunted children. Stunting rate reduced significantly in intervention group compared to the control (p<0.01): 40% reduction in intervention group and 20% reduction in control group. The supplementation of VIAMINOKID had positive results on several blood and biochemical indicators of stunted children: anemia prevalence reduced significantly (reduced by 31.3 %; p<0.05) in intervention group compared to the baseline and the control group. Zinc deficiency prevalence reduced by 46.2 % in intervention group compared to 12.5 % of control group (p<0.05). VIAMINOKID enriched with amino acids, vitamins and minerals is an effective product for the improvement of nutritional status, anemia rate, iron and zinc deficiency; growth and immune indices; reduction of infectious diseases. Therefore, VIAMINOKID is recommended for malnourished children in general and for stunted children in particular.

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