Multiple micronutrient powders (MNPs) are packaged in single or multi-dose sachets. These sachets contain micronutrients in powdered form, and can be added to foods prepared in the household just before consumption. Usually, one dose of MNP provides the full unit of recommended nutrient intake (RNI) of vitamins and minerals. In 2007, the use of MNPs, particularly in emergency conditions, was endorsed by the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Food Program(WFP) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) as an effective way of improving the micronutrient status of nutritionally vulnerable sections of the population, such as children under fi ve years of age and pregnant and lactating women.
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