A WORLD WHERE ALL CHILDREN HAVE THE NUTRITION THEY NEED TO SURVIVE AND THRIVETM

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Vietnam

NAME OF PROJECT: PRECONCEPT

LOCATION: Thái Nguyên Province

PRECONCEPT is a Randomized controlled trial that evaluated the impact of micronutrient supplementation before conception on birth outcomes and maternal and infant iron status. 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

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. Over 5,000 women of reproductive age were successfully enrolled in Thái Nguyên, Vietnam to study the benefits of multiple micronutrient supplementation prior to conception versus traditional prenatal care.

The study was designed to determine whether different micronutrients supplements provided during the preconception phase affected birth outcomes and maternal and infant iron status.   A total of 1,650 live births was reached. Findings from this study suggest that infant birth weights and maternal and newborn hemoglobin levels were similar among the groups that were provided different micronutrient supplements prior to conception.  A cohort of the children is currently being followed to determine long-term impact in growth and cognitive development.