Reducing micronutrient deficiencies in Pakistani children: are subsidies on fortified complementary foods cost-effective?

Simon Wieser, Beatrice Brunner, Christina Tzogiou, Rafael Plessow, Michael B. Zimmermann, Jessica Farebrother, Sajid Soofi, Zaid Bhatti, Imran Ahmed & Zulfiqar A. Bhutta
Objective To estimate the cost-effectiveness of price subsidies on fortified packaged complementary foods (FPCF) in reducing iodine deficiency, iron-deficiency anaemia and Vitamin A deficiency in Pakistani children.Design The study proceeded in three steps: (i) we determined the current lifetime costs of the three micronutrient deficiencies with a health economic model; (ii) we assessed the price sensitivity of demand for FPCF with a market survey in two Pakistani districts; (iii) we combined the findings of the...
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