Project Healthy Children
Project Healthy Children works closely with governments, private industries, and partner agencies to support the design and implementation of both large-scale and small-scale food fortification programs to improve the health of children, women, and men around the world every time they eat a meal.830396815
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In October 2014, a student from Mageyo Primary School in Burundi approached a program manager with Project Healthy Children and asked about food fortification. After listening intently, the primary school student, puzzled, asked the program manager, “My mother died three years ago because of a lack of iron while giving birth. Why didn’t you bring food fortification to Burundi earlier?’’Today, Burundi has officially adopted national fortification standards and major food producers such as the country’s largest cooking oil facility are already producing adequately fortified products with the hopes of preventing similar maternal deaths from occurring again ever again.
Updates from the field:
Annually, 2 million women and children die as a result of micronutrient deficiencies, 300,000 children are born with neural tube defects (70% of which could be prevented with sufficient folate intake), and national economies lose 2-3% of GDP.
What we do
PHC assists government and industry in the design and implementation of mandatory food fortification programs in addition to providing an innovative solution and model for small-scale fortification. Through the placement of local Coordinators in-country, PHC provides guidance to governments throughout the design process with a focus on ensuring adherence to national fortification standards required for the target population (women and children) to receive sufficient nutrients.
What distinguishes us?
PHC uses a proven design and implementation model that is extremely cost effective. The model includes but is not limited to the placement of a Coordinator within the government to ensure the program is built into existing government structures and to allow for sustainability after support has ended. PHC has also designed an internationally-tested and validated device that allows for fortification to happen at rural mills reaching those that large-scale fortification programs do not reach.