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Thursday, June 12, 2003

A group called the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) has said it will soon launch projects in China, Morocco, Vietnam + South Africa to fortify staple foods with iron, iodine, vitamin A, folic acid and other vitamins and minerals in a bid to reduce preventable birth defects and childhood disabilities.

For example, children can go blind if they don't have enough vitamin A in their diet, while a lack of iodine can cause mental retardisation...

Adding vitamins and minerals to foods such as salt, flour, oil + sugar therefore offers a cheap + reliable way of improving the health and well-being of very poor people, who frequently lack access to basic health care services.

See here for the GAIN homepage.