Ethiopia just like Zambia is one of most affected countries in the world by hidden hunger. Ethiopian nutritional scientists have now developed jointly with their Belgian and American colleagues a score, to easily assess the microntrient intake of infants aged 6-12 months in Ethiopia.
The score is calculated based on seven food groups: plant parts (e.g. roots), legumes and nuts, vitamin A-rich fruits and vegetables, other fruit and vegetables, meat as well as eggs and whey. On this basis, the degree of the micronutrient supply was calculated for vitamin A, thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), calcium, iron and zinc. Also, the supply of protein and calories were estimated. As a result, statements on sensitivity and specificity of food intake in infants could be made.
- about the Score: M. Wondafrash et al. Dietary diversity predicts dietary quality regardless of season in 6-12-month-old infants in south-west Ethiopia. Public Health Nutr. 2016 Apr 4:1-10. Zugang über https://www.ifpri.org/publication/dietary-diversity-predicts-dietary-quality-regardless-season-612-month-old-infants-south oder http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27041122
- impairment regarding micronutrient deficiency (only in German language available)
Assmann Foundation for Prevention. Vitamins, mineral substances and trace elements. Access https://www.assmann-stiftung.de/ernaehrung/vitamine-und-mineralstoffe/