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Sight and Life Luncheon Forum on Contributions of Micronutrients to Achieve the MDGs

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Sight and Life sponsored a lunchtime forum on micronutrients’ contribution to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) at the Asian Conference of Nutrition, Singapore, July 13 – 16. The forum combined a call for better awareness among different sectors of society about the micronutrient problems worldwide, with a network of topical issues in international nutrition. Sight and Life Director Klaus Kraemer opened the session with a talk entitled “Contributions of micronutrients to achieve the Millennium Development Goals – status of the Hidden Hunger Atlas.” Beginning with an inventory of these goals’ progress towards the deadline of 2015, Dr Kraemer found that either insufficient progress or no progress at all had been made in the regions of Sub-S aharan Africa and South and Western Asia. Annually, over a million children under five years of age die due to vitamin A and zinc deficiencies, while over 600,000 stillbirths or neonatal deaths are caused by iron deficiency anemia, and over 100,000 succumb during pregnancy due to iron deficiency anemia (IDA). In addition, 350,000 children become blind due to vitamin A deficiency. Almost 20 million babies are mentally impaired due to maternal iodine deficiency, and neural tube defects due to inadequate maternal folate intakes affect 150,000

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Year 2011
Authors Noel W Solomons
Language English
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DOI https://doi.org/10.52439/FKRK6901
DOI Number 10.52439/FKRK6901
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