What if one simple intervention could have a transformative impact on future generations, significantly reducing the global incidence of two of the most widespread and devastating micronutrient deficiencies? Food fortification has this power. Simply adding iron and folic acid to wheat flour and rice significantly reduces cases of anemia and birth defects like spina bifida/anencephaly which force billions of vulnerable people to the sidelines, and are holding the world back from achieving global targets. It’s cost-effective and proven. Yet it’s not currently happening where it’s needed most. We propose to support countries with the highest burden of anemia and birth defects to implement large-scale food fortification, which will significantly cut global prevalence of spina bifida, and of anemia. We will reach 700 million people, preventing over 150,000 cases of spina bifida and over 50 million cases of anemia. By 2030, we will improve the lives of 2.2 billion people.
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Nutrition International acknowledges stalled progress on implementing and monitoring its work, as well as compromised regulatory health standards and potential funding gaps as funders pivot to emergency relief efforts. COVID-19 is an unprecedented global health crisis, and close on its heels is an even more devastating crisis, one of malnutrition. These twin shocks will affect people living in vulnerable conditions the most, specifically women, children, and people with disabilities. Nutrition International is prioritizing social protection programming, including fortifying foods with key micronutrients, to ensure that everyone can access proper nutrition.