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What is the need?

Deficiencies in vitamins and minerals (called micronutrients) affect 1 in 2 children under age 5 and 2 in 3 women globally, this is 1.6 billion women and children.  Micronutrient deficiencies have devastating health consequences.  For example, lack of vitamin A can lead to blindness in children, a lack of Zinc can lead to premature birth, and a lack of Folic Acid (Vitamin B9) can lead to neural-tube defects like spina bifida. Learn more about Micronutrients.

How is the Forum uniquely qualified to meet this need?

The Micronutrient Forum, a US nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, has over 15 years of experience, fostering collaboration between national and international stakeholders to accelerate collective action and investments in micronutrient interventions.  The Standing Together for Nutrition Consortium projected impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on global malnutrition amongst women and children. These results were published in Nature Foods which led to the commitment of millions of dollars to protect nutrition at the Nutrition for Growth Summit.

What are the benefits of our actions?

The Micronutrient Forum convenes and builds consensus amongst the global nutrition community on what the most cost-effective interventions are to fight micronutrient deficiencies.  Simple solutions exist, and the Micronutrient Forum promotes implementation of these lifesaving and life-changing actions.  The Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Consortium together with the New York Academy of Sciences ensured that multiple micronutrient supplementation (MMS) for pregnant women was included in the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Essential Medicine List. MMS improves maternal nutrition and significantly reduces risk of adverse birth outcomes, such as still birth and birth weight below 2500 grams.

What are the negative consequences of micronutrient malnutrition?

The consequences are incredibly dire.  Failure to fight micronutrient deficiencies will compromise the health and well-being of current and future generations.  Without a coordinated effort to address the issue, women and children will suffer from poor cognitive development, poor school performance, decreased adult economic productivity, and increased mortality rates.

Support the Micronutrient Forum to improve the lives of populations suffering from micronutrient deficiencies.

The Micronutrient Forum is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.

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