Sprinkles come in sachets containing a blend of micronutrients in powder form that is added to food.



Dr. Stanley Zlotkin and his research team developed Sprinkles at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children in 1996 to fight micronutrient deficiency. Micronutrient deficiency is a form of malnutrition, caused by a diet poor in minerals and vitamins, that leads to a variety of health problems. A Sprinkles sachet contains a multi-micronutrient formulation that prevents and treats anemia, rickets and other diseases. Sprinkles is an internally accepted, effective and cost efficient method for preventing and fighting malnutrition.

Sprinkles are proven to prevent mineral and vitamin deficiencies among pregnant women, nursing mothers, and young children.



First Steps completed a two-year effectiveness study of Sprinkles in cooperation with North Korea’s Institute of Child Nutrition (ICN) in 2007-2008. Based on the excellent results, ICN partnered with First Steps to distribute Sprinkles through public government clinics to pregnant women, nursing mothers, and children from 6-24 months. Women receive Sprinkles from pregnancy until three months postpartum.




Ri Jin-Mi and her 8-month-old daughter Kim Yu Eun of Hyesan, Ryanggang province. 

First Steps began partnering here in 2016 to provide Sprinkles to mothers and babies like Mrs. Ri and her daughter.  Mrs. Ri told us that Sprinkles treated her daughter's diarrhea, improving her health. 


Ri Chul Soon and her 9-month-old son Pak Hyon Kang .

For two months her son had a cold and diarrhea. After giving him Sprinkles, Mrs. Ri noticed that both ailments had disappeared.