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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

Early childhood nutrition and anaemia prevention program

 

Overview

Many Indigenous infants experience severe iron deficiencies. The Fred Hollows Foundation has completed a trial of 'Sprinkles' nutritional supplements in a collaborative project across Northern Australia. Six remote Aboriginal communities participated in the trial that aimed to determine the feasibility and acceptability of a community nutrition program to improve nutrition and prevent iron deficiency anaemia of Aboriginal infants and young children aged six months to two years.

Tjiitji marrka manguwa (Kids will be strong) the name of the Kimberley arm of the project was based in Balgo in the Kutjungka region of Western Australia..

The key achievements of the project were:

A modified program for Australia has been developed from the WHO infant and young child feeding counselling course titled Talking and feeding babies and little kids.

The key findings of the project were:

Abstract adapted from Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Service Corporation

Contacts

Danielle Aquino
Health Promotion and Nutrition Development Coordinator
Fred Hollows Foundation
Level 2
61 Dunning Ave
Rosebery NSW 2018
Locked Bag 5021
Alexandria NSW 2015
Ph:(02) 8741 1900
Fax:(02) 8741 1999

Related publications

Campbell J, Aquino D (2008)

Community consultation of home micronutrient supplementation ‘Sprinkles' for Indigenous children in the Northern Territory.

Paper presented at the National Nutrition Networks Conference 08: good tucker good health. 11-14 March 2008, Alice Springs, NT

Fred Hollows Foundation Indigenous Program (2007)

Community consultation on home micronutrient supplementation 'Sprinkles' for Indigenous children in the Northern Territory.

Darwin: Fred Hollows Foundation

Aquino D (2012)

Early Childhood Nutrition and Anaemia Prevention Project.

The Chronicle; 23(1): 15-16

Marrka Manguwa Project (2011)

Tjiitji marrka marnkuwa (Kids will be strong) Story book.

Balgo, WA: Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Council

The Tjiitji Marrka Manguwa 'kids will be strong' story book was developed as part of the Early childhood nutrition and anaemia prevention project. The project was implemented in six remote Aboriginal communities, four in the Northern Territory (NT), one in Cape York in Queensland (Qld) and one in the East Kimberley region in Western Australia (WA). Project planning and development commenced in 2006, with project activities occurring between 2010 and 2012.

This book has been developed in conjunction with a number of women and families in the Aboriginal communities of Balgo, Billiluna and Mulan, known collectively as the Kutjungka region, to assist families in providing nutritious food for their babies and children.

The resource provides information about:

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Evaluated publications

Aquino D, Marley JV, Senior K, Leonard D, Helmer J, Joshua A, Huddleston A, Ferguson H, Hobson V, Hadgraft N (2013)

Early Childhood Nutrition and Anaemia Prevention Project : executive summary.

Darwin: The Fred Hollows Foundation, Indigenous Australia Program

Aquino D, Marley JV, Senior K, Leonard D, Helmer J, Joshua A, Huddleston A, Ferguson H, Hobson V, Hadgraft N (2013)

Early Childhood Nutrition and Anaemia Prevention Project : summary report.

Darwin: The Fred Hollows Foundation, Indigenous Australia Program

The Early childhood nutrition and anaemia prevention project investigated the feasibility and acceptability of micronutrient supplementation with 'Sprinkles', for the prevention of childhood anaemia, along with community-based nutrition promotion. The project was implemented in six remote communities, four in the Northern Territory (NT), one in Cape York in Queensland (Qld) and one in the East Kimberley region in Western Australia (WA). Project planning and development commenced in 2006, with project activities occurring between 2010 and 2012.

'Sprinkles' are a home-based micronutrient fortification product. Fortification of complementary foods with iron and other vitamins and minerals using multi-micronutrient powders such as 'Sprinkles' have been found to reduce anaemia and iron deficiency.

This report summarises the project development, program implementation, results of the evaluation of both project processes and outcomes, and provides recommendations for future policy, programs and research addressing infant and young child nutrition and anaemia in northern Australia. Major findings from the project included:

There were three main recommendations as a result of the project:

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

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Last updated: 14 August 2013
 
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