Micronutrient deficiencies (MNDs) can lead to devastating health consequences including higher risks for anemia, blindness, cognitive impairments, poor birth outcomes, infections, and mortality. New data in a recent publication in Lancet Global Health, “Micronutrient deficiencies among preschool-aged children and women of reproductive age worldwide: a pooled analysis of individual-level data from population-representative surveys” indicates alarming levels of MND across all global contexts. There is an increasing need to ensure that everyone has access to a variety of micronutrient–dense foods. 

Join this special series of Coffee and Chai Chats hosted by the Micronutrient Forum. Hear from experts spotlighting new #HiddenHunger global data and get a deep-dive into selected key topics on micronutrient deficiencies worldwide in the light of these latest findings.

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Past Sessions and Links to Recordings:

22 March 2023: A Coffee and Chai Chat with Vilma Tyler, Senior Advisor, UNICEF HQ, hosted by Dr. Saskia Osendarp, Executive Director, MNF on Women’s Nutrition: UNICEF’s New Report “Undernourished and Overlooked” in honor of International Women’s Day – 8 March, focused on #HiddenHunger among women. Watch the recording.

12 January 2023: A chat with Dr. Ken Brown, Chair of the Report’s Advisory Panel, Micronutrient Forum hosted by Dr. Megan Bourassa, Program Lead, Micronutrient Data Innovation Alliance (DInA) on how to enhance data collection and identify the best sources of information. Watch the recording here.

29 November 2022 A chat with Dr. Purnima Menon, Senior Director, Food and Nutrition Policy, IFPRI hosted by Dr. Martin Mwangi, Program Lead, Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Consortium (HMHB) on reflections on the data estimates of 2 in 3 women suffering from micronutrient deficiencies and priorities for action. Watch the recording here.

10 November 2022: A chat with co-author Dr. Ty Beal, Research Advisor, Knowledge Leadership, GAIN, hosted by Dr. Megan Bourassa, Program Lead, Micronutrient Data Innovation Alliance (DInA) on the modeling methods used to derive estimates of micronutrient deficiencies and data gaps. Watch the recording here.

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