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The Micronutrient Forum’s Commitments at Tokyo’s Nutrition for Growth Summit

Micronutrient malnutrition is silent and invisible. Its impacts, on the other hand, are not. Micronutrient malnutrition has serious consequences, contributing to poor health outcomes, increasing child mortality, lowering immunity and resistance to disease, reducing human potential and productivity. Yet, globally, more than three billion people do not have healthy and nutritious diets. Prior to the pandemic, at …

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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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Listen to a NEW Walk Talk Listen Podcast Episode

On September 29, 2021, Saskia Osendarp, Executive Director of the Micronutrient Forum, sat down with Maurice Bloem of Walk Talk Listen podcast and discussed topics around malnutrition, gender equality, and how nutrition is central to reach the Sustainable Development Goals. Listen to the full episode here.

Watch Dr. Saskia Osendarp’s Interview on Bloomberg News

  In a Bloomberg QuickTake “Charge” Show that aired on 29 July 2021, Dr. Saskia Osendarp, Executive Director, Micronutrient Forum,  shared the latest findings from the Nature Food Publication on the impact of COVID-19 on maternal and child undernutrition and mortality. Watch the clip here and the full show here. In 2020, world hunger hit …

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Read Our Latest Research in Nature Food Journal

The economic crisis and food and health system disruptions related to the COVID-19 pandemic threaten to exacerbate undernutrition in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). The Standing Together for Nutrition Consortium, a collective group of nutrition, economic, food, and health system experts, developed pessimistic, moderate and optimistic scenarios for 2020–2022 and used modelling tools to estimate the …

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🎧 New Podcast from The Lancet Voice Discussing the Impacts of COVID-19

On July 1, 2021, The Lancet Voice released a new podcast discussing how the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the world’s malnutrition problem with Saskia Osendarp, Micronutrient Forum’s Executive Director, and Shweta Khandelwal of the Public Health Foundation of India sharing a specific focus on India. Listen in here.

Global Nutrition Report Announces New Independent Expert Group Members and Nutrition Accountability Framework

The Global Nutrition Report (GNR), the world’s leading independent assessment of the state of global nutrition, has selected the Micronutrient Forum’s Executive Director Saskia Osendarp as a member of the Extended Independent Expert Group (IEG). Here at the Micronutrient Forum, we are proud to support Saskia and know she will bring valuable insight and tremendous …

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New Paper Released on the Micronutrient Data Generation Initiative

Increasing the availability and utilization of reliable data on population micronutrient (MN) status globally: the MN Data Generation Initiative Micronutrient (MN) deficiencies can produce a broad array of adverse health and functional outcomes. Young, preschool children and women of reproductive age in low- and middle-income countries are most affected by these deficiencies, but the true …

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