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New Global Fortification Data Exchange Tool Provides Information To Help Nutrition Community End ‘Hidden Hunger’

Devex: Opinion: Fighting hidden hunger with data
Lawrence Haddad, executive director of GAIN, Scott J. Montgomery, director of the Food Fortification Initiative, Jonathan Gorstein, executive director of the Iodine Global Network, and Homero Martinez, senior adviser to the Micronutrient Forum Secretariat, all members of the Global Fortification Data Exchange core group

“…For those working to combat hidden hunger with food fortification, a new global data tool sheds light on the status of national food fortification programs, and provides data to guide informed actions toward achieving optimal micronutrient intake through food fortification. … By consolidating all available data, the tool exposes data gaps and identifies areas where others in the nutrition community might contribute. The [Global Fortification Data Exchange (GFDx)] is a resource to address, with unprecedented confluence of evidence, one of the most wide-reaching global health problems. Hidden hunger damages communities and the economies of entire nations; it puts expectant mothers at risk, increases mortality, and impairs cognitive development of newborns, all of which undermine the efforts to end global poverty. It will take collective, sustained commitment to translate momentum into results to eliminate hidden hunger” (9/14).

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