It is a pleasure and a privilege to report on SIGHT AND LIFE activities in 2005. This year was very eventful and brought quite a few changes to SIGHT AND LIFE. My predecessor Dr. Martin Frigg retired last year but he is still supporting us as a consultant. Under his leadership SIGHT AND LIFE has developed into an internationally well-respected humanitarian program. When I took over responsibility for SIGHT AND LIFE I found it to have a strong commitment to the prevention and eradication of nutritional blindness and of vitamin A deficiency in developing countries. In the meantime, we have modified our mission in line with the general trend in international nutrition research towards addressing combined micronutrient deficiencies. Our vision is to combat all types of micronutrient deficiencies and to raise awareness of “hidden hunger” as a public health issue in developing countries. Indeed, we have moved the focus from SIGHT to LIFE. This does not mean however that we are no longer interested in vitamin A or that we will stop donating vitamin A capsules. They remain indispensable in the treatment and prevention of vitamin A deficiency in children under 5 years and postpartum women where vitamin A rich foods are not accessible or affordable. But now, in addition, we will provide vitamin and mineral mixes for food fortification and supplementation programs. We take this new responsibility very seriously and are committed to helping implement sustainable solutions for the reduction of micronutrient malnutrition. We are especially prepared to support small nutrition research programs related to micronutrient nutrition. Recently, a new Steering Committee has been established to oversee the activities of SIGHT AND LIFE. For more information on our new structure and mission please visit our website (www. sightandlife.org).
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