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Joel C. Spicer

Micronutrient Initiative President/CEO and global health leader.

Joel Spicer, M.P.H., MSc., is the President and CEO of the Micronutrient Initiative. He has achieved success on many development issues, including nutrition and health initiatives, maternal, and child health programs, TB control and HIV programming, innovative financing and resource mobilization.

A decisive and experienced executive, Joel is a seasoned manager, well-versed in governance, organizational design and resource mobilization. He is a passionate and strategic advocate who is committed to securing tangible, measurable results to improve lives, livelihoods and communities focusing on the most vulnerable groups.

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Unlocking The Potential Of 1 Billion Women And Micronutrient Initiative

Unlocking The Potential Of 1 Billion Women And Girls

Roughly one billion women and girls worldwide -- almost 30 times the population of Canada -- suffer from malnutrition. This has catastrophic consequences not only for them and for their children, but for the world, as the loss of women's full potential hinders the social and economic development of entire countries.
03/07/2016 01:40 EST
More Babies Need Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

More Babies Need Breastmilk

Exclusive breastfeeding to the age of six months, with continued breastfeeding to the age of two and beyond, is a child's first vaccine. It strengthens the body's resistance to disease, and with a strong immune system, newborns are better able to fight off infections immediately and throughout their lifetime.
04/05/2015 10:42 EDT
A 'No Missed Opportunities' Approach Is Essential For Ending Diseases Like Ed Reschke via Getty Images

A 'No Missed Opportunities' Approach Is Essential For Ending Diseases Like Malaria

Canada made a concerted effort to end malaria deaths in this country a century ago and is now supporting efforts to do the same around the world as part of leadership on MNCH. I'm optimistic that the discussion around 'no missed opportunities' will help move us much more quickly towards a world free of preventable deaths among women and children and one free of diseases like malaria.
03/03/2015 11:51 EST
Celebrating Canadian Global Nutrition micro

Celebrating Canadian Global Nutrition Success

Without proper nutrition, many children don't make their 5th birthday. When Canada formed the Micronutrient Initiative more than 20 years ago, it highlighted the silent crisis of "hidden hunger" -- when people don't get the vitamins and minerals in their diets they need to stay alive and healthy.
02/04/2015 12:55 EST