$75 million for Micronutrient Initiative

The Government of Canada announces $75 million for Micronutrient Initiative to improve maternal and child health through nutrition programming

Published on Micronutrient Initiative, November 1, 2010.

Minister of International Cooperation, Beverley Oda, has announced $75 million in new funding for the work of the Micronutrient Initiative to expand innovative nutrition programming and strengthen African health systems. The investment will be spread over five years and is expected to benefit 4 million pregnant women and 14 million children under the age of five – particularly in sub-Saharan Africa.

The Micronutrient Initiative will use the funds to help provide pregnant women with iron supplements to prevent anaemia and folic acid to prevent birth defects, treat childhood diarrhoea with zinc supplements in combination with oral rehydration therapy, and administer vitamin A supplements to young children.

These interventions are proven methods of reducing maternal and child illness and deaths. However, millions of women and children remain unreached by such micronutrient outreach programs … (full text).

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