Marion Roche
Marion Roche, PhD, is the Technical Adviser in Behaviour Change Communication at the Micronutrient Initiative in Ottawa, Canada. The Micronutrient Initiative undertakes its work with the support of the Government of Canada through the Canadian International Development Agency. Grand Challenges Canada is funded by the Government of Canada.

Entries by Marion Roche

Let's recognize the Impact of Vitamin A on World Sight Day

(2) Comments | Posted October 7, 2015 | 8:25 AM

October 8 is World Sight Day.

As I reflect on World Sight Day 2015's call to action: "Eye care for all", I'm struck by how much Canadians have already contributed towards one key aspect of eye care -- preventing blindness.

According to the World Health Organization,...

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Pregnant Women World-Wide Need Timely Access to Supplements

(0) Comments | Posted August 18, 2015 | 8:05 AM

Over 32 million pregnant women around the world have anemia every year, a condition that limits the blood's capacity to transport oxygen to the body's cells.

This is a staggering number not only for women but also for their newborns. When a pregnant woman is undernourished, the...

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New Global Focus Placed on Reducing Anemia in Adolescent Girls

(0) Comments | Posted June 1, 2015 | 12:18 PM

Recently, the World Health Assembly set out new global nutrition targets. These targets will guide and influence priorities in health programming and investments. One such ambitious goal is to see a 50 per cent reduction of anemia in women of reproductive age by 2025.

There are approximately

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A Food Budget of $1.75 a Day Guarantees 'Hidden Hunger'

(2) Comments | Posted April 23, 2015 | 5:36 PM


Glen Fujiwara joined Marion Roche for the Micronutrient Initiative's Live Below the Line group shop in April 2014.

I love food and am proud to work for the Micronutrient Initiative, an organization working for the world's most...

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Access To These Basic Nutrients Is Crucial For All Women

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2015 | 11:44 AM


Just over half of us on this planet are either women or will someday grow up to be women. On March 8, International Women's Day, women of all ages should be celebrated for their many gifts and contributions to...

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Vitamin A Helps Reduce Death From Measles

(0) Comments | Posted February 24, 2015 | 12:24 PM


In addition to vaccines, this baby receives life-saving vitamin A supplement to boost immunity.

Measles has been making headlines recently in North America, adding a new worry for people with young infants not quite old enough for vaccines...

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A Full Belly Might Not Be a Nourished One

(0) Comments | Posted September 8, 2014 | 5:18 PM

A mother receives calendar with pictoral and written instructions on how to use Chispitas at home.
A mother receives calendar with pictoral and written instructions on how to use Chispitas at home.

The grocery store aisles are a-buzz with...

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Health Care Providers Should Think About Zinc

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 1:45 PM

2014-02-27-006afallposterthumbnail.jpgAlong with the global effort to scale up zinc and oral rehydration salts (ORS) in the treatment of diarrhoea, we need effective training materials for health care professionals to introduce them to how effective zinc is for the...

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The Issue of Consent in Human Research

(0) Comments | Posted November 21, 2013 | 3:38 PM

There have been many instances where people have been subjected to horrific "experimentation" under the guise of scientific research. In many cases, these individuals did not have any choice in whether they were involved in studies, were unaware of the risks or have even been unaware that they were part...

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The Fight Against Maternal and Child Undernutrition

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2013 | 11:01 AM

2013-06-10-121289_LancetSMimages_v1_8.jpgIn January 2008, The Lancet, the world's leading medical journal, published its ground breaking series on maternal and child nutrition, which successfully identified to the world the damaging effects of undernutrition.

The Series focused on interventions...

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Honouring Mothers With More Than Good Intentions

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2013 | 3:01 PM

"Good intentions are not enough. You have to learn to listen to people and involve them in initiatives that they define as crucial to their future."

2013-05-14-Rosario_Marion.jpgThis powerful statement is from one of the people I work with most closely on my

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This World Health Day Bring the Right Message at the Right Time

(0) Comments | Posted April 6, 2013 | 12:00 AM

April 7 is World Health Day, a celebration of the founding of the World Health Organization (WHO). As we look at communications efforts to raise awareness about this year's theme of high blood pressure and to change behaviour to help prevent it, we're reminded...

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Making a Difference One Mom at a Time

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2013 | 4:22 PM

The first week in February in Canada was International Development Week, which explores and celebrates how Canada and Canadians are contributing to building stronger families and communities in less developed countries. This year's theme was "I'm making a difference," and Canadians were invited to send in their stories about how...

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Ever Heard of the Life-Saving Box?

(0) Comments | Posted December 21, 2012 | 8:09 AM

Earlier this month I joined my fellow Stars in Global Health and other Grand Challenges grantees at the international Grand Challenges Conference in Ottawa. The conference, cohosted by Grand Challenges Canada and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, was inspiring and provided me the opportunity to...

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How Zinc Can Save Lives

(0) Comments | Posted November 28, 2012 | 12:48 PM

A few weeks ago, on November 7, a devastating earthquake hit the San Marcos area of Guatemala. It's not typically a headline-making part of the world, and news of the earthquake came and went pretty quickly from the international media. But thousands of people had their lives thrown into chaos....

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