Iodine Global Network (IGN)

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Pakistan: Survey to assess success of food fortification programmes

A survey will be conducted in Islamabad to assess that how much fortified foods have contributed to the health and growth of women of reproductive age (aged 15-49 years) and children under five.

Food fortification, over the years, has become a priority of the governments and development agencies. Nutrients like iodine is added to salt and vitamin A and D to cooking oil and flour to help meet deficiencies in the population, health experts explained.

The Ministry of Planning Development and Reform (MoPD&R) Pakistan, with support from Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) along with Oxford Policy Management has organised a dissemination of Fortification Assessment Coverage Toolkit (FACT) Survey in Islamabad.

This survey is undertaken to determine the coverage and likely contribution of fortified foods to micronutrient intake among women of reproductive age and children under five. Micronutrients are chemicals elements or substances required in trace amounts for the normal growth and development of living organisms.

 

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