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Sprinkles Micronutrient Innovation – New Round of Financing

Problem: The vast majority of the world’s population suffers from malnutrition that can be severe. The challenge is in figuring out how to deliver micronutrients “that is effective, available, accessible and acceptable in a number of diverse cultural and country settings as a public health strategy”.

Solution: Sprinkles Global Health Initiative


The goal is to reach 50 million children by 2011. And at $2 a packet this is cheaper than the alternatives. In October, Sprinkles was the sponsored charity at the Enterprise 2006 event where it was announced they will receive seed funding from a major venture company in Silicon Valley. Credit for this information goes to Ross Mayfield over at “Markets, Technology & Musings” As he states, “They have already proven the concept. In Mongolia after two years of the program, anemia decreased by 38%…Sprinkles have been provided in 18 countries with distributed local manufacturing through technology transfer…” Further credit goes to Woodrow’s blog for reporting the new round of financing for Sprinkles.



Written by Aman

November 6, 2006 at 3:07 am

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  1. Anemia is a serious problem in Mongolia in spite of the high per capita meat consumption. This is primarily due to a micronutritional deficits resulting from a diet that contains few vegetables. Dambadarjaa Davaalkham spoke to nutritional issues across Mongolia at APHA on Tuesday (“Obesity and underweight patterns among Mongolian elementary school children: Implications from national data”). Her research shows that young Monoglians in minority ethnic groups and in rural areas are particularly likely to suffer weight problems in both directions. Micronutrient deficiency was cited as a key contributor, so it’s promising to see such innovative interventions as Sprinkles. If it is truly successful in Mongolia, it may make a serious contribution to nutrition in other pastoralist societies.


    November 8, 2006 at 9:55 pm

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