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Impact of Zinc and/or Iron-folic Acid Supplementation on Child Mortality and Morbidity in Nepal

Kathmandu, Nepal


Summary

This 66,000 child year trial in Southern Nepal is assessing the efficacy of 10 mg zinc with or without 12.5 mg of iron and 50 ug of folic acid in reducing preschool child mortality and morbidity and improving growth, motor skills and cognitive development. There was no impact of iron-folic acid supplementation on either mortality or morbidity. There was a 20% reduction in mortality associated with zinc supplementation among children 12-36 months of age with no impact among those younger than 12 months. There was no impact of zinc supplementation on the incidence of diarrhea, dysentery or respiratory illness.

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  • Start Date: 
    10/01/2003
  • End Date: 
    09/30/2007

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