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

Author(s): Mijumbi, Rhona
[EVIPNet Repository ID: 164 ] Language(s): English
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.