Ministry of Health develops fortification strategies for infant feeding
With support from the General Coordination of Food and Nutrition of the Primary Care Secretariat, the folder launches in Manaus a fortification strategy for children between 06 and 48 months.
Since 2014, the Ministry of Health has invested in the strategy of fortifying children´s diets with powdered vitamins and minerals for children aged six to 48 months who were enrolled in daycare centers under the School Health Program.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends fortification through food with micronutrients as an alternative to the supplementation with isolated iron (ferrous sulfate drops or syrup - used for prevention and treatment of anemia), in order to increase the intake of vitamins and minerals in children.
Because of this, the Special Secretariat of Indigenous Health (SESAI), in line with the strategies of the portfolio, has acquired NutriSUS - a compound with 15 vitamins and minerals concentrated in a powder sachet, which can be added to any meal or preparation to be offered to the child.
The product has microencapsulated iron, favoring acceptance by the children by reducing intestinal discomfort, controlling the flavor of the minerals and the minimal changes in the flavor, color and texture of the foods in which they were added.
The Special Secretary of Indigenous Health, Robson Santos da Silva, participated in a meeting of the NutriSUS strategy last October 22, in Manaus, and reinforced the importance of the results in indigenous children. "According to the results of the National Survey on Health and Nutrition of Indigenous Peoples, more than 50% of indigenous children in Brazil with anemia and prevalence rates substantially higher than non-indigenous children, need better actions to promote and prevent nutritional deficiencies in the family and communities," he says.
IMPLEMENTATION OF THE STRATEGY IN THE DSEI IN 2021
• The strategy will be implemented in 18, of the 34 DSEI: Altamira, Alto Rio Juruá, Alto Rio Purus, Alto Rio Solimões, Amapá and Norte do Pará, Araguaia, Guamá-Tocantins, Leste de Roraima, Mato Grosso do Sul, Minas Gerais e Espírito Santo, Pernambuco, Porto Velho, Rio Tapajós, Tocantins, Vale do Javari, Vilhena, Xavante and Yanomami;
• Adaptation of the operational manual for the use of the strategy within SasiSUS;
• More than four thousand children in the age bracket from six months to four years and 11 months, with nutritional deficits, will be benefited; • The delivery will take place directly in the DSEI;
• Each district will organize and adapt the best way to distribute the sachets in the communities and the Indigenous Health Agents (AIS) have a fundamental role in this process.
Text: Karina Borges - Nucom/Sesai
Translation: Renata Arruda - Nucom/Sesai