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What’s in a number? Zinc deficiency cut-offs and bringing the micronutrient data community together

By Mari S. Manger, PhD, Christine McDonald, ScD, Megan Bourassa, PhD   Adequate intake of zinc, an essential mineral, is critical for proper immune function, reproductive health, and children’s growth and development. Children under 5 years old who do not get enough zinc are at significantly higher risk of diarrhea and other infectious diseases.  Today, available …

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Global and Regional Stakeholder Consultations Informing DInA Priorities

More than three billion people – almost 40% of the global population – lack access to healthy foods, resulting in inadequate micronutrient intakes, causing a broad array of adverse health and development outcomes. Today, as many nations struggle with unprecedented rises in food prices, healthy and nutrient-rich diets are increasingly out of reach for millions …

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HMHB Consortium Launches a New MMS Advocacy Toolkit to Accelerate National Actions and Improve Maternal Nutrition

By Lotte Hulsbergen and Martin Mwangi, Ph.D.  Today, millions of women in vulnerable contexts worldwide lack access to nutritious diets and essential healthcare services, especially during pregnancy, leading to widespread micronutrient deficiencies which have significant consequences for both mother and child. Poor maternal nutrition can lead to babies being born too small and too soon, …

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Nutrition Under Siege, Again.

The war in Ukraine threatens mothers and children globally.     In 1932-1933 Stalin’s Russia used a horrific weapon on the people of Ukraine: man-made hunger. Rejection of outside aid, confiscation of all household foods and grains, and restriction of population movement created an unprecedented famine that killed millions of Ukrainians: The Holodomor.  Fast forward …

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For Mothers and Children, the COVID-19 Nutrition Disruption Could Impact a Generation

As a part of the Duke Sanford World Food Policy Center’s series, this podcast features Dr. Saskia Osendarp, Executive Director of Micronutrient Forum and Co-convenor of Standing Together for Nutrition. She discusses how COVID-19 is having a far-reaching impact on the food system and malnutrition among mothers and children in particular leading to poor health …

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New Study on Benefits of Fortified Food Supplement Sachets for Young Children

Findings from a new study from researchers, Dewey et al., at the University of California, Davis, based on an analysis combining data from 14 trials, were published in a series of four papers in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, demonstrating the benefits of fortified food supplements in a small sachet for young children. The …

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Call to Action: Zinc Fortification by IZiNCG

IZiNCG Steering Committee along with Food Fortification Initiative (FFI), GAIN, and Nutrition Internation has released the Call to Action on Zinc Fortification. This document provides an overview of the prevalence of zinc deficiency, the evidence in support of large scale zinc fortification as well as its benefits and highlights the priority actions for 35 countries …

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A Milestone: MMS Now on WHO’s Essential Medicine List

Multiple micronutrient supplements (MMS) have now been included in the  World Health Organization (WHO) model Essential Medicines List (EML) as an antenatal supplement for pregnant women. The 23rd Expert Committee on the Selection and Use of Essential Medicines recommended the inclusion of MMS based on the strong evidence that it is a cost-effective intervention that has …

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Upcoming UNFSS Webinar on Gender Equality on 14 September

The International Coalition for Advocacy on Nutrition (ICAN) and the SUN Civil Society Network (CSN) present a UN Food Systems Independent Dialogue on Gender Equality: A Key Driver To Enhancing Food Systems and Good Nutrition   DATE: 14th September 2021 TIME: 8-10 AM EST | 2-4PM CET | 9-11 PM JST REGISTER HERE:  This multi-stakeholder …

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