News

MI welcomes announcement of mandatory salt iodization in Punjab province of Pakistan

Adding iodine to salt to reduce iodine deficiency disorders has been one of the world’s most successful health campaigns.

The Punjab Health Department, with assistance from MI, has decided to bring forth legislation on mandatory universal salt iodization (USI).
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MI supports emergency nutrition efforts for vulnerable children in Nepal

MI will help provide multiple micronutrient powders for emergency nutrition support for approximately 45,000 Nepalese children between 6 months and 5 years of age.

In response to the devastating earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25, MI is supporting emergency efforts to ensure vulnerable children have access to improved nutrition.
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Field Stories

Ethiopia: Access to zinc and ORS help families fight diarrhoea

Fatuma Abdo and her daughter.

For Fatuma and her neighbours, having zinc and oral rehydration salts (ORS) in the community could be life-saving. Diarrhoeal disease is one of the greatest killers of children in the Ethiopia. According to UNICEF, approximately 30,000 children in Ethiopia die each year from a diarrhoeal disease – something that is easy to treat.
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Mentorship program builds capacity by supporting Pharmacy student in Ethiopia

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Similar to food distribution in development nations, getting life-savings drugs to the people in greatest need can be a challenge. Esete Zewge, a pharmacy graduate student at the Addis Ababa University School of Pharmacy, wants to help solve this problem through her focus on the logistics of distributing critical medications.
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From the Experts

Maternal and child nutrition: What about men?

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We urge all who work in global health to not only recognize the important role of men and fathers but to address the need for more inclusive maternal and child health policies and programs that engage men in a meaningful way.
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Program success is a blend of research and on-the-ground experience

Examples of  blending research and on-the-ground experience spread throughout MI’s  Infant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN) as well as diarrhoea treatment programs in Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, and Haiti.

I have always wondered why micronutrient deficiencies, or other similar global nutrition problems, have been so difficult to eradicate when the right motivation and plentiful resources to do so are available.
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Events

Address by MI President Joel Spicer at Girl Power in Play Symposium, Ottawa

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Hi, I am Joel Spicer and I’m the President of the Micronutrient Initiative, a global nutrition organization with its headquarters right here in Canada. I’m happy to be here with all of you at this Girl Power in Play Summit.
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MI at Girl Power in Play to link nutrition, sports and girls’ health

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The Micronutrient Initiative is proud to participate in the Girl Power in Play symposium, June 18-19 in Ottawa, bringing nutrition onto the playing field to help girls and women reach their full potential in sports and in life. The two-day symposium brings together decision makers, program leaders, sports stars, researchers, and donor partners to advance the issue of girls’ involvement in sport as a critical component of their health, development, and wellbeing.
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