The 2nd International Meeting of the Micronutrient Forum opened in Beijing, China, on 12 May 2009 with 670 delegates from over 70 countries. Since its establishment in 2006, the Micronutrient (MN) Forum has served as a catalyst and convener for sharing expertise, insights, and experience relevant to the control of micronutrient deficiencies and their consequences around the globe. The Forum is the successor to two scientific organizations aimed at advancing the control of vitamin A and iron deficiencies: the International Vitamin A Consultative Group (IVACG) and the International Nutritional Anemia Consultative Group (INACG). The Micronutrient Forum focuses primarily on micronutrient deficiencies of public health significance, particularly vitamin A, iron, folate, iodine, and zinc. Its objectives are to a) bring all micronutrients of public health importance under one umbrella; b) move the focus of the meetings more to program issues and so achieve a more even balance with previ- ously heavier emphasis on the science of micronutri- ents; and, c) engage more effectively with the private sector. The Forum’s 1st International Meeting was held in Istanbul, Turkey, in 2007 under the theme: Science, Policy and Programs – Defining the Issues. From that review of the scientific evidence, this 2nd Meeting moved on to consider the status of evidenced-based micronutrient programs.
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