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The Micronutrient Initiative
Our vision is a world free of hidden hunger
We are dedicated to ensuring that the world's most vulnerable - especially women and children - in developing countries get the vitamins and minerals they need to survive and thrive. Learn more...


Strive Masiyiwa Named Chair of Micronutrient Initiative Board of Directors
December 12, 2014

At an exciting time of renewal and expansion, the Micronutrient Initiative is pleased to announce the appointment of global telecommunications entrepreneur and philanthropist Strive Masiyiwa as its new Chair of the Board of Directors. Named as one of Fortune Magazine´s “World´s Greatest Leaders” in 2014, 

MI congratulates Michaëlle Jean as new Secretary General of La Francophonie
December 8, 2014

The Micronutrient Initiative congratulates the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean who has been elected to lead the International Organization of la Francophonie. Ms. Jean is the first Canadian to fill this role and was chosen by consensus at the summit of French-speaking nations in Dakar, Senegal.

Canada´s Investment in Micronutrient Initiative will Sustain Life-saving Nutrition Programs around the World
November 30, 2014

Canada reinforced its commitment to saving and improving lives for women and children around the world today when Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced a renewed investment of $150 million for the Micronutrient Initiative at a community health post in Bargny, Senegal.

Poll: Quebec residents overwhelmingly support efforts to improve child health and fight malnutrition overseas
November 25, 2014

With world leaders gathering in Senegal on Friday for La Francophonie Summit, a poll in Quebec shows that there is broad based support for Canada to be a leader in improving the health — and nutrition — of the world´s most vulnerable women and children in Francophone countries and beyond.

MI and World Food Programme in Partnership
November 18, 2014

MI President Joel Spicer was very pleased to meet with World Food Programme Executive Director Ertharin Cousin to lay the foundation for a new era of strategic partnerships. The two met on Monday, November 17, 2014 in Rome in the lead up to the Second International Conference on Nutrition.

Anaemia epidemic: we are neglecting adolescent girls' nutrition
November 10, 2014
As we approach the 2015 deadline for the millennium development goals and pull out all the stops toward their achievement, it is right to note the tremendous progress the world has made in improving nutrition. But we are not doing enough to reach a critical demographic: adolescent girls.
Micronutrient Initiative Takes Leadership Role in Canadian Network for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health
November 6, 2014
mi-finance-panel The Micronutrient Initiative will be deepening its impact on global nutrition through the appointment of Joel Spicer, President, to the Canadian Network for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (CAN-MNCH) steering committee, comprised of 10 leaders from Canadian non-government organizations, academia and research institutions.
Micronutrient Initiative Leads Panel on Innovative Finance at Canadian Global Health Conference
November 4, 2014
mi-finance-panel In Ottawa today, MI President Joel Spicer hosted and moderated a high-level panel on cutting-edge financing solutions for improving the health of women and children. The innovative finance panel was opened by the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Canadian Minister of State (Foreign Affairs and Consular.) The Minister congratulated participants in addressing the importance of new financial solutions to reach the world´s most vulnerable.
Study proves childhood diarrhoea management pilot in Bihar, India is working
October 1, 2014
In collaboration with State Government of Bihar, the Micronutrient Initiative has successfully piloted the Childhood Diarrhoea Management Program to ensure all children have access to zinc and oral rehydration salts (ORS) when they suffer from diarrhoea. Using zinc and ORS to treat diarrhoea has been recognized as a critical strategy by the World Health Organization, and is supported by the Government of India´s policy on child health.
A Full Belly Might Not Be a Nourished One
September 8, 2014
The grocery store aisles are a-buzz with parents and children trying to decide what food they can send their children to school with to ensure they make it through the day happily and healthily, but the worries of what to feed their children start much earlier. 
Nutrition and health: The opportunity cost of opportunities lost
July 24, 2014
Despite significant progress made in child survival responses, millions of children under the age of five continue to die from preventable causes, with malnutrition contributing to 45 percent of those deaths. For those who live, one quarter - approximately 165 million children - suffer from stunting, one of the most measurable signs of malnutrition.
New results tackle anemia, one of the world´s greatest health challenges
June 27, 2014
The Journal of Nutrition has published promising results of an exciting study that provides further evidence of the potential for salt that is fortified with iodine and iron, known as double-fortified salt, to reduce iron deficiency.

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