NAME OF PROJECT: Lulun*
*Lulun means egg in Quechua
LOCATION: Cotopaxi Province
Lulun is a randomized controlled trial in 163 children evaluated the benefits of feeding eggs as a complementary food in infants 6 to 9 months of age.
During the first years of life, nutrition is essential for body and brain development. A particularly vulnerable period is the “1000-day window of opportunity” which is the time from conception until the first two years of life of an individual. To reach full potential, an individual must have an adequate nutrition during childhood.
Eggs are widely available and low-cost relative to other highly nutritious foods but tend to be underutilized because of the fear of allergies. Little research has been conducted to evaluate the efficacy of egg consumption on improving micronutrient status and impact on infant growth and development. Preliminary findings suggest that there is a significant, positive and meaningful effect on linear growth and reduction of stunting in the group of children that received eggs. We are currently seeking collaborative opportunities to scale the program to reach more children and include pregnant and lactating women.