Coffee & Chai Chats: Spotlighting Hidden Hunger

2022-11-10

November 2022 - March 2023

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 these Special Series of Coffee and Chai Chats with Experts spotlighting new #HiddenHunger global data and actions needed hosted by the Micronutrient Forum for a deep-dive into selected key topics on micronutrient deficiencies worldwide in the light of these latest findings.

Special Series of Coffee and Chai Chats

Upcoming Chats

Coffee and Chai Chat #3 : 12 January 2023 | 7-8 AM PST | 10-11 AM ET | 4-5 PM CET

Data gaps, identifying best sources of information and enhancing data collection

Special Guest, Dr. Ken Brown, Chair of the Report's Advisory Panel, Micronutrient Forum, hosted by Dr. Megan Bourassa, Program Lead, Micronutrient Data Innovation Alliance (DInA) 
Dr. Ken Brown, Chair of the Report’s Advisory Panel, Micronutrient Forum
 
Dr. Kenneth Brown is an Emeritus Distinguished Professor in the Department of Nutrition and Institute for Global Nutrition at the University of California, Davis. He completed medical studies at the University of Pennsylvania and trained in Pediatrics at the Boston Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Brown has conducted research and published more than 350 articles on the causes, complications, treatment, and prevention of childhood undernutrition in low-income countries, focusing on infant and young child feeding practices, relationships between infection and nutrition, and control of specific micronutrient deficiencies, including zinc, iron and vitamin A.  He has served as Founding Director of the research unit in International and Community Nutrition at UC Davis; Founding Chair of the International Zinc Nutrition Consultative Group; committee member of multiple global health organizations and technical expert groups; and editorial board member of several leading nutrition journals. He is a past-President of the Society for International Nutrition Research, Fellow of the American Society of Nutrition and the International Union of Nutrition Sciences, and a recipient of the Kellogg Award for International Nutrition Research, the McCollum Award, the Rainer Gross Award, the Suskind Award for Pediatric Nutrition and the Prince Mahidol Award for nutrition and public health.

Megan Bourassa, Program Lead, Micronutrient Data Innovation Alliance (DInA), MNF

Megan Bourassa has over 14 years of research experience on topics including metabolism, micronutrients, and neuroscience. Most recently, she was the Director of the Nutrition Science Program at the New York Academy of Sciences, where she oversaw a portfolio of global nutrition projects primarily focused on women’s nutrition and micronutrient deficiencies. She was a post-doctoral fellow at Weill Cornell Medicine and the Burke Medical Research Institute. She holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from Stony Brook University.

Previous Chats

Coffee and Chai Chat #2 : 29 November 2022 | 9:30 -10:30 AM ET | 3:30-4:30 PM CET | 8-9 PM IST

Reflections on the data estimates of 2 in 3 women suffering from micronutrient deficiencies and priorities for action.

Special Guest, Dr. Purnima Menon, Senior Director, Food and Nutrition Policy, IFPRI hosted by Dr. Martin Mwangi, Program Lead, Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Consortium (HMHB)

Purnima Menon, Senior Director, Food and Nutrition Policy at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Purnima Menon is Senior Director, Food and Nutrition Policy at the International Food Policy Research Institute, and is based in New Delhi, India in a global role, and is also Senior Research Fellow in IFPRI’s Poverty, Health and Nutrition Division. In her work in India, she has directed POSHAN (Partnerships and Opportunities to Strengthen and Harmonize Actions for Nutrition in India) for over a decade, an initiative to support more use of evidence for nutrition in India. Dr. Menon has led teams who conduct implementation research on scaling up maternal and child nutrition interventions in India, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Haiti, Vietnam and Nepal and invests deeply in research translation in her engagements with policy communities.

Martin Mwangi, Program Lead, Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Consortium (HMHB)

Martin Mwangi He is an award-winning public health nutritionist and epidemiologist whose research and career focus has been on maternal nutrition, especially regarding anemia, iron deficiency, and infectious diseases.  Previously, Dr. Mwangi worked as a Senior Researcher and Team Leader at the Training and Research Unit of Excellence (TRUE), College of Medicine, University of Malawi. He also worked as a Research Scientist at Wageningen University, The Netherlands, and is a Guest Lecturer at The Royal Tropical Institute, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and Maseno University, Kenya. 

Coffee and Chai Chat #1 : 10 November 2022 | 9 -10 AM ET | 3-4 PM CET | 6:30-7:30 PM IST

Modeling Methods Used to Derive Estimates of MN Deficiencies and Data Gaps.

Co-authors Dr. Ty Beal, Research Advisor, Knowledge Leadership, GAIN and Dr. Gretchen Stevens, Independent Researcher, hosted by Dr. Megan Bourassa, Program Lead, Micronutrient Data Innovation Alliance (DInA) 

Ty Beal, Research Advisor, Knowledge Leadership, GAIN

Ty is a global nutrition scientist for GAIN who generates evidence to guide programs and mobilize knowledge related to global nutrition and food systems. His research seeks to understand what people eat and how it impacts their health and the planet. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis, where he was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow.

Gretchen Stevens, Independent Researcher

Gretchen Stevens is a descriptive epidemiologist with 20 years of experience analyzing primary health data to monitor population health, including its determinants, with a particular focus on nutrition, noncommunicable diseases, and mortality by cause.  She is currently an independent researcher, supporting UN agencies to compute and present official health estimates. 

Megan Bourassa, Program Lead, Micronutrient Data Innovation Alliance (DInA), MNF

Megan Bourassa has over 14 years of research experience on topics including metabolism, micronutrients, and neuroscience. Most recently, she was the Director of the Nutrition Science Program at the New York Academy of Sciences, where she oversaw a portfolio of global nutrition projects primarily focused on women’s nutrition and micronutrient deficiencies. She was a post-doctoral fellow at Weill Cornell Medicine and the Burke Medical Research Institute. She holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from Stony Brook University.

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