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PHC in the News


Liberia Adopts Food Fortification Standards

Published 10/24/13 on Public Agenda Online
The National Fortification Alliance (NFA) of Liberia has announced the adoption of the revised food fortification standards through the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare.

Fight Chronic Disease, Boost Economies: 4 Growing Opportunities in Nutrition

Published 9/18/13 by Ashoka on
PHC proudly announces that its small-scale fortification initiative, Sanku, has been awarded the Grand Prize in the Ashoka Foundation Changemakers Nutrients for All competition.

A knowledge-to-action approach to food fortification: Guiding principles for the design of fortification programs as a means of effectively addressing micronutrient malnutrition.

Published in Volume 4, No. 10 issue of Health by Laura Rowe and David Dodson
The gap that exists between research and the dissemination and implementation of research findings has been well established. Food fortification, one of the most cost-effective means of addressing micronutrient malnutrition, is no exception. With decades of implementation experience, there is need to strengthen mechanisms that effectively broadcast proven strategies to promote the successful implementation of fortification programs in changing, challenging, and dynamic environments. This requires clear channels of communication, well-defined in-country leadership, and a streamlined and focused approach that can be adapted to country-specific contexts. Based on experience designing and implementing fortification programs throughout Africa and a broad understanding of past successes and failures, a model is proposed that articulates often over-looked program elements critical to design and implementation.

World’s Healthiest Foods

Published 01/03/10 by Nicholas Kristof in The New York Times
There’s scarcely a form of foreign aid more cost-effective than getting micronutrients like folic acid into the food supply.

NPR speaks with David Dodson, Founder of Project Healthy Children

Aired 05/27/10 on NPR
Jessica Harris speaks with David Dodson, the founder of Project Healthy Children, an organization that fights malnutrition in developing countries through food fortification programs.

Micronutrients: a no-brainer

Published 10/08/2009 in The Economist
Tiny things whose absence causes a huge, but solvable, problem

Fortification, Biofortification, and Micronutrients in the News


44 Ripe Tomatoes: Why Food Fortification Matters

Published 2014 by Rebecca Spohrer on The Guardian
There is even more ongoing evidence pointing to the ongoing relevance of food fortification.

UN chick pea vitamin paste battling malnutrition in Pakistan

Published 02/22/12 by Shane Starling on Food
A vitamin and nutrient-rich chick pea paste developed by United Nations scientists is helping in the fight against infant malnutrition in Pakistan.

New Golden Rice partners join forces against vitamin A deficiency

Published 02/09/12 on
The International Rice Research Institute and national rice research institutes in Bangladesh and the Philippines have joined with Helen Keller International… in a new effort to further develop and evaluate Golden Rice as a potential tool to reduce vitamin A deficiency.

Fortified edible oil to be available soon

Published 01/13/12 in The Times of India
JAIPUR: International development agency, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition and Institute of Health Management Research are planning to launch fortified edible oil in the state to fight against malnutrition among the people soon.

Evidence Shows Vitamin A Cuts Death, Illness in Children

Published 08/26/11 on
Vitamin A supplementation reduces mortality, morbidity, and vision problems in children aged 6 months to 5 years, according to a meta-analysis published online Aug. 25 in the BMJ.

FACTBOX: What’s the impact of hidden hunger?

Published 06/13/11 by Megan Rowling on
LONDON (AlertNet) – Malnutrition caused by a lack of vitamins and minerals in the diet, commonly known as “hidden hunger”, affects the health of billions of people around the world, especially in poorer nations.

African Potato Lab Fights Malnutrition With Biofortification

Published 04/26/11 by Matthew Shechmeister on
Headquartered in Peru, the International Potato Center operates a seed bank that includes over 4,000 varieties of potato, sweet potato and other crops. Through a network of offices in 30 countries, the Center distributes plants to local farmers and adds new breeds to its library.

Trial for vitamin A-rich rice soon

Published 04/20/11 in The Daily Star
Bangladesh is all set for developing further the world’s first-ever vitamin A-rich rice.

BANGLADESH: Bio-fortification – finding nature’s power foods

Published 03/08/11 in IRIN
DHAKA – Scientists are using selective plant breeding known as bio-fortification to mass produce a high-zinc rice in Bangladesh within the next five years that can reduce micronutrient shortages.

Malnutrition in the News


Sight and Life’s ‘Hidden Hunger Index’ Identifies Global Hot Spots of Micronutrient Deficiencies for First Time

Published 06/12/13 by Muthayya S, Rah JH, Sugimoto JD, Roos FF, Kraemer K, et al. in Sight and Life
The unified global efforts to mitigate the high burden of vitamin and mineral deficiency, known as hidden hunger, in populations around the world are crucial to the achievement of most of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). (The authors) developed indices and maps of global hidden hunger to help prioritize program assistance, and to serve as an evidence-based global advocacy tool.

Malnutrition: the scourge of Rwanda’s children

Published 02/18/12 by Jay Rayner in Rwanda The Observer
More than 2.6 million children worldwide die each year from undernourishment. As a campaign to cut child mortality is launched, Jay Rayner in Rwanda reports on how, even in such a fertile country, poverty and high prices are a fatal combination.

Malnutrition Threatens Nearly Half a Billion Children

Published 02/17/12 in Medical News Today
According to a report entitled “A Life Free from Hunger: Tackling Child Malnutrition” by Save the Children, nearly half a billion children are at risk of permanent damage in the next 15 years as a result of malnutrition. Chronic childhood malnutrition has been largely neglected, despite worldwide efforts to address food security.

A million face severe malnutrition in the Sahel, UNICEF warns

Published 01/27/12 in the Los Angeles Times
When humanitarian agencies began raising warning flags about Somalia’s famine more than a year ago, donors sat on their hands for months, a tardy response that the aid groups say cost tens of thousands of lives. A similar emergency is unfolding in the arid Sahel region. This time, humanitarian agencies are determined to prevent a repeat of the famine in Somalia.

1,000 Days to Change the Future

Published 01/25/12 by Dr. David Nabarro in The Huffington Post
Global leaders are gathering in Davos, Switzerland this week to consider some of the most significant economic challenges facing the world and to look for solutions that can help people live healthier, more productive lives.

PAKISTAN: Malnutrition undermining battle against polio

Published 01/23/12 in IRIN
LAHORE – A sense of despondency, perhaps even desperation, has been encountered in official Pakistan health circles as 192 cases of polio were reported in 2011, according to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, despite the launch of a National Emergency Action Plan for Polio Eradication at the start of the year.

Childhood malnutrition has lasting effects

Published 09/26/11 by Deborah Feyerick on CNN
See part one of this series Witnesses to Hunger: A portrait of food insecurity in America and read producer Sheila Steffen’s $30 grocery challenge

KENYA: “Perfect storm” brewing among urban poor

Published 08/22/11 in IRIN
The food crisis that is devastating lives and killing children throughout the Horn of Africa is not restricted to the arid lands where media attention and donor dollars are now focused. In informal urban settlements, malnutrition affects thousands of children but remains largely overlooked.

Malnutrition Devastates Horn of Africa Drought Areas

Published 08/17/11 by Cathy Majtenyi in Voice of America
Malnutrition rates are skyrocketing in certain areas of the Horn of Africa, which is experiencing the worst drought in decades. To treat malnutrition, aid workers choose from an array of powders, pastes, biscuits and other supplements loaded with micro-nutrients, depending on the recipient’s circumstances.

Valid Solutions for Malnutrition

Published 04/05/11 by Laurance Allen in Policy Innovations
Steve Collins has worked in some of the worst famines and wars. During the late 1990s, while in his mid-30s, Collins was running a nutrition program in Liberia. He was an expert in tackling malnutrition by establishing large therapeutic feeding centers where malnourished patients were admitted for an average of 30 days.

Food Security in the News


APNewsBreak: WHO to revise guidance on food aid

Published 10/13/2011 by Frank Jordans in Bloomberg Businessweek
The World Health Organization said Thursday it plans to recommend tighter nutritional standards in food aid for young children, a move activists say is necessary to improve donations from countries such as the United States.

Women and Agriculture: A Conversation on Improving Global Food Security

Remarks on 09/19/2011 by Hillary Rodham Clinton, Secretary of State, Intercontinental Hotel, New York City; moderated by Nick Kristof

Hope in the Face of Hunger: Women, Micronutrients, Conservation Could Fend Off Food Insecurity

Published 09/22/11 by Lynne Peeples in The Huffington Post
“The Horn of Africa is huge wake up call,” Rajiv Shah, administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, told a room full of world leaders convening in New York City this week for activities around the United Nations General Assembly session. One of the major topics of conversation: how to strengthen global agriculture to fend off future food crises.

As 200 million people are undernourished, NEPAD warns of bigger consequences if Africa does not invest in food security

Published 09/10/11 in Ghana Business News
Statistics on food security and nutritional status show that over 200 million Africans are said to be undernourished and suffering from vitamin and mineral deficiencies according to the New Partnership for Africa’s Development, an economic development programme of the African Union.

Videos and Multimedia


Hidden Hunger

Video produced 05/29/2009 with The New York Times; featured at top right
Nicholas D. Kristof, columnist for The New York Times, and trip winner Paul Bowers meet children suffering from many kinds of malnutrition during their trip across West Africa.

The Girl Effect: Why Girls




The State of the World’s Children

Published 02/28/2012 by UNICEF
UNICEF’s flagship report, ‘The State of the World’s Children 2012: Children in an Urban World.’ One billion children live in urban areas, a number that is growing rapidly. Yet disparities within cities reveal that many lack access to schools, health care and sanitation, despite living alongside these services. This story is part of a series highlighting the needs of these children.

2011 Global Hunger Index

Published 10/2011 by Welt Hunger Hilfe, International Food Policy Research Institute, and Concern Worldwide
The challenge of hunger: Taming price spikes and excessive food price volatility. This year’s Global Hunger Index (GHI) shows that global hunger has declined since 1990, but not dramatically, and remains at a level characterized as “serious.”

Millennium Development Goals Report

Published 2011 by the MDG Gap Task Force
This annual report presents the most comprehensive global assessment of progress to date, based on data provided by a large number of international organizations within and outside the United Nations system. The aggregate figures in the report provide an overview of regional progress under the eight goals and are a convenient way to track advances over time. The report is coordinated and published by the Statistics Division of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

Investing in the Future: A United Call to Action on Vitamin and Mineral Deficiencies (2009)

Released in 2009 by the Flour Fortification Initiative, GAIN, WHO, The World Bank, and UNICEF
This report details the scope of under-nutrition in the developing world due to a lack of vitamins and minerals and provides tangible recommendations to improve the delivery of supplements and fortified food and improve the health of women and children around the world. The report was released at the 2009 Micronutrient Forum in Beijing.