C. Program benefits
This manual is intended for distribution to national and regional
ministries and NGOs for decisions on implementing the protocol in local areas.
Following the assessment described here, recommendations for effective
strategies in a variety of sectors can be defined to improve vitamin A nutrition
in vulnerable groups. The activities resulting from this research will be
directly applicable to the community in which the research is conducted.
However, adaptation to broader regions is possible with program planning and
development. While national health planners and vitamin A programs obviously
cannot conduct the ethnographic protocol in every ethnic group and region in a
country, the local circumstances so described by the protocol give essential
rationale for program guidelines and activities.
Ultimately, programs to improve community food use and nutritional
status for vitamin A are more likely to be effective and sustainable when local
circumstances are considered with credible and useful data, and when the program