Micronutrient Initiative

Malnutrition remains one of the most persistent barriers to women's empowerment, with millions of women and girls around the world eating least and last. Such gendered inequalities in nutritional access and opportunity compound the negative and cyclical effects of poverty and undercut development initiatives before they have a chance to succeed.
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.
As IFA interventions are reprioritized as part of maternal health initiatives, the composition of the supplement itself is being reconsidered. Pregnant women may benefit from more than just iron and folic acid supplements, as the diets and environments that have put them at risk of anemia may also be contributing to suboptimal intakes of other micronutrients. For example, millions of pregnant women suffer from vitamin A deficiency, zinc, and iodine, suggesting supplements could help fill the dietary gaps at the same time.
Hidden hunger is the type of hunger where the belly is full but the body is still hungry for nutrition. Poverty and nutrition are two sides of the same coin. Poverty often determines food choices. Although it is possible to make choices of what foods to buy on a limited budget, many nutritious foods are simply not affordable or accessible.
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.
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.
I recently travelled more than 6,500 kilometres to see our tax dollars at work. What I saw were lives being saved for less than the cost of a cup of takeout coffee. All Canadians should be proud.
DAKAR, Senegal - Prime Minister Stephen Harper has announced Canada will spend $150 million over five years to help improve
Along with the global effort to scale up zinc and oral rehydration salts (ORS) in the treatment of diarrhoea, we need effective
In 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. We know that much has been accomplished to reduce the burden from undernutrition in the past five years; however, our work is far from over.