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Sign-On to a Community Letter in Support of a Proposed WHO/WHA Resolution on Food Fortification

The Micronutrient Forum is pleased to support a proposed WHO World Health Assembly (WHA) resolution introduced by the Government of Colombia that calls on all member states to institute and strengthen large scale food fortification (LSFF) in line with WHO recommendations. This is an important public health nutrition advocacy opportunity to address and prevent micronutrient …

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Global Food Crisis Inequitable Impact on Women and Girls

Photo by Annie Spratt at Unsplash.com By Dr. Cecilia Fabrizio, ST4N Program Lead and Dr. Anna Kalbarczyk, Assistant Scientist at Johns Hopkins University The Global Food Crisis today is tragically compounding the lasting effects of the pandemic on women and girls’ nutrition.  We know that malnutrition is both a cause and effect of gender inequality.  …

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Dr. Saskia Osendarp’s Opening Remarks on Climate Change at COP27 Event

It was a honor for me to speak virtually at the session “Climate & Nutrition: we can’t have one without the other” organised by the Food and Land Use Coalition and the Global Alliance for improved nutrition during the COP27. I spoke on the growing interdependence between climate change and global nutrition. As a nutrition …

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Save the Date – MNF 6th Global Conference

Dear Colleagues and Partners,The Micronutrient Forum is pleased to invite you to our 6th Global Conference, themed Nutrition for Resilience “N4R” – Ensuring Micronutrient Security in an Era of Complex Global Challenges.Following the success of our fully virtual 2020 CONNECTED Conference with over 3,500 participants from around the world, we are pleased to announce the Forum’s 6th Global Conference will be a hybrid event on October …

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Time for Hidden Hunger to Come Out of the Shadows

We always knew that vitamin and mineral deficiencies were prevalent. Ever since my university years in the early nineties, the field estimated that globally 2 billion people suffered from vitamin and mineral (micronutrients) deficiencies. A number so high that it was hard to imagine, particularly since the condition can be so invisible. Unlike hunger or …

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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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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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The Micronutrient Forum’s 2022-2025 Strategic Plan

Foreword from the Executive Director and the Chair of the Board The Micronutrient Forum leadership developed this 2022-2025 Strategic Plan based on substantial internal and external feedback, informed by all our interactions with partners and stakeholders over the past several years. Collaboration with partners is at the core of the Forum’s work, whether it addresses …

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The Micronutrient Forum’s 2021 Annual Report

Letter from the Executive Director The COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, and a host of other challenges created a new reality in global micronutrient nutrition in 2021, rendering ‘business as usual’ obsolete. The Micronutrient Forum (Forum) responded by ensuring our existing workstreams focused on activities that could impact change and proactively fostered new workstreams to meet …

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A Big Win for Mothers Worldwide

The addition of prenatal multiple micronutrient supplements (MMS) by the World Health Organization (WHO) to its Model List of Essential Medicines (EML) last October, marked the start of a new era for tackling maternal malnutrition and improving pregnancy outcomes for countless mothers who lack access to nutrient dense diets or proper antenatal health and nutrition …

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