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Food Fortification in Africa

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Micronutrient defi ciencies are responsible for signifi cant public health problems in the developing world, causing premature death, disability, and reduced work capacity. Vitamin A deficiency signifi cantly increases under-fi ve mortality and morbidity, while iron defi ciency anemia is responsible for an estimated 20 percent of all maternal mortality in Afr ica. In addition to public health measures such as nutrition education, deworming, micronutrient supplementation, and dietary diversifi cation, food fortifi cation is an important and proven strategy to reduce and prevent micronutrient defi ciencies. The addition of vitamins and minerals to industrially processed staple foods ensures that large population groups have access to essential nutrients without the need to change food consumption behaviors. Universal salt iodization programs began in Afr ica in the early 1990s and have helped reduce iodine deficiencies.

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Year 2013
Authors Mawuli Sablah
Language English
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DOI https://doi.org/10.52439/NDZZ9581
DOI Number 10.52439/NDZZ9581
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