MD, PhD, Save the Children
MD, PhD is a professor of Paediatrics, Public Health Sciences and Nutritional Sciences at the University of Toronto. Dr. Zlotkin and his Program, the Sprinkles Global Health Initiative has focused on research and advocacy to control micronutrient malnutrition in children. Challenged by UNICEF to come up with a viable and reproducible solution to the problem of micronutrient malnutrition, Zlotkin and his research team developed the concept of micronutrient powders for ‘home-fortification’ of complementary foods. With support from USAID, CIHR (Canadian Institutes of Health Research) and private foundations, he has completed stable isotope studies and RCTs in more than 8 developing countries to ‘prove’ the efficacy and effectiveness of ‘home-fortification’ to control micronutrient deficiencies. Dr. Zlotkin is a frequent consultant to governments and United Nations agencies on issues related to paediatric nutrition. His advocacy work was recognized by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) in 2006 with his receipt of the prestigious ‘CIHR National Knowledge Translation Award’ for “outstanding contributions to the health of children worldwide”. He was awarded the HJ Heinz Humanitarian Award in 2001 for his international contribution to the health of children globally, and he was recently awarded the Order of Canada, the highest civilian honour in Canada, for his contributions to improving the lives of children globally.
Save the Children has just released a report stating the "hidden crisis" kills more than 300 children every hour of every day and affects one in four children worldwide. We must make malnutrition visible; it doesn't appear on death certificates. Too often an extreme hunger crisis is reported as if it were an accident of nature.
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