Language: English Français

# Research on treament of moderate acute malnutrition in Philippines

This question was posted the Management of wasting/acute malnutrition forum area and has 3 replies.

» Post a reply

### Dr Basil Kransdorff - e'Pap Technologies - info@epap.co.za

CEO - e'Pap Technologies

Normal user

15 Jun 2012, 09:23

you can do your own calculation. Typically for an inorganic refined mineral - biological absorption would be about 2% of the iron content per 100 grams in a phytate rich diet. If there are equal quantities of inorganic zinc also present - this would block about 70% of the iron which would further reduce the amount iron absorbed biologically to about 1% of the iron content. With such small quantities of plumpy fed the quantities of iron added that could be absorbed biologically - it would be impossible to deliver the quantity of iron required by even a normal non malnourished child which would require at least 1mg absorbed daily. If the source of iron for the child is only the plumpy - then the child's iron status will in fact get worse daily because if the quantity does not address the daily needs - a deficit will result daily as the reserves if any are used up.

### Dr Basil Kransdorff - e'Pap Technologies - info@epap.co.za

CEO - e'Pap Technologies

Normal user

15 Jun 2012, 09:23

you can do your own calculation. Typically for an inorganic refined mineral - biological absorption would be about 2% of the iron content per 100 grams in a phytate rich diet. If there are equal quantities of inorganic zinc also present - this would block about 70% of the iron which would further reduce the amount iron absorbed biologically to about 1% of the iron content. With such small quantities of plumpy fed the quantities of iron added that could be absorbed biologically - it would be impossible to deliver the quantity of iron required by even a normal non malnourished child which would require at least 1mg absorbed daily. If the source of iron for the child is only the plumpy - then the child's iron status will in fact get worse daily because if the quantity does not address the daily needs - a deficit will result daily as the reserves if any are used up.

### André Briend

Frequent user

15 Jun 2012, 09:25

Dear Marife, Plumpy dose is not suitable for treating moderate malnutrition. This product was designed and tested to prevent malnutrition, not to treat it. I would advise not to use it for treating malnourished children. André

If you have any problem posting a response, please contact the moderator at post@en-net.org.