Stanley Zlotkin

Ashoka Fellow
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Fellow Since 2007


This profile was prepared when Stanley Zlotkin was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2007.
The New Idea
Stan produces nutritional supplements that have the potential to improve the health of tens of millions of children around the world at very little cost. In addition, by distributing these supplements through local grassroots networks, he shifts the responsibility of health provision and education back into the hands of primary caregivers. His first product, Sprinkles, enables millions of economically deprived parents around the world to gain control of their children’s nutrition during the critical first five years. Stan developed Sprinkles to overcome the infrastructure and technological constraints of other methods of delivering nutrients (syrups, drops, tablets) that have failed. They come in the form of tiny capsules, easily added to semi-solid food, which mask the bitter taste of regular supplements and are excellent conduits of minerals and vitamins. More importantly, Stan has developed a unique distribution system that restores the autonomy of mothers over the nutritional health of their children and through which they can become community health advocates.
The combination of a product that works and a local network empowering caregivers to improve the health status of their families for only 1.5 cents a day per child. Beyond the adaptation of Sprinkles, the networks are primed for ongoing health education on nutrition and other subjects. This public health innovation solves a critical challenge to child survival while laying the foundation for future healthy development.
The Problem
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