Panel Discussion on New Global Estimates of Micronutrient Deficiencies

About the Session

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 forthcoming publication in Lancet Global Health 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. The panel discussion that was held on October 17, 2022 provided a space for discussion and learning about the magnitude of micronutrient malnutrition worldwide and ways to accelerate progress through cost-effective and scalable actions. The discussion was hosted by the Micronutrient Forum and the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN).

Panel discussion speakers included:

  • Dr. Mduduzi Mbuya, Director of Knowledge Leadership at GAIN
  • Dr. Ty Beal, Research Advisor for Knowledge Leadership at GAIN
  • Dr. Saskia Osendarp, Executive Director at the Micronutrient Forum
  • Nita Dalmiya, Knowledge, Advocacy, and Partnerships Lead at UNICEF
  • Dr. Anabelle Bonvecchio Arenas, Director of Nutrition Policies and Programs at the National Institute of Public Health in Mexico
  • Dr. Jonathan Gorstein, Deputy Director of Nutrition at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Dr. Emorn Udomkesmalee, Senior Advisor at the Institute of Nutrition, Mahidol University in Thailand

Report: Micronutrient Deficiencies Among Preschool-Aged Children and Women of Reproductive Age Worldwide

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