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Is mandatory food fortification an efficient strategy for the alleviation of micronutrient deficiency?

Mijumbi, Rhona
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Source: SURE Rapid Response. 2
This paper has shown that micronutrient deficiencies are a recognized worldwide health problem causing increased morbidity and mortality, and causing a loss in productivity and several DALYs. However it is also clear that there is a commitment to alleviate this especially in vulnerable populations. Of the four main proven food based strategies to prevent and manage micronutrient deficiency, food fortification is a good choice because it is effective, cost effective, has a potential to reach high levels of coverage and has been tested in many rigorous studies that have proven its credibility.
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How can the sustainability of a public health (food fortification) program be ensured?

Mijumbi, Rhona
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Source: SURE Rapid Response. 2
Although knowledge, facts and information on program planning, implementation, and evaluation are common, those on health promotion program sustainability are less abundant and tend to be fragmented. The concept of sustainability refers to the continuation of programs and therefore accordingly a sustained program is defined as a set of durable activities and resources aimed at program-related objectives. There are at least four reasons why sustainability concerns public health decision makers and practitioners. First, sustained programs can maintain their effects over a long period allowing for the study of long-term effects. Second, there is often a latency period between the beginning of program-related activities and their effects on population health so the program (more)
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