This partnership between Sight and Life, Royal DSM NV (prior to 2003, Hoffmann-La Roche), and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, is driven by the common goal of preventing vitamin A and other micronutrient deficiencies in impoverished and undernourished regions of the world.
In 2014, the Sight and Life Global Nutrition Research Institute at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health was founded with the aim of enhancing research in assessing and preventing micronutrient deficiencies. The binding element of this partnership is a common vision and sense of purpose, where all three partners apply their particular resources and expertise to tackle global malnutrition.
In order to meet global nutrition challenges, the partnership invests in a new generation of students, propelling their careers in nutrition. Each supports this vision through the Sight and Life Global Nutrition Research Institute by strengthening the faculty, doctoral scholarship and academic activities, as well as providing professional opportunities for students. Discover more about this partnership in our Action in Brief.
Initiatives currently running within the institute include the following:
DSM | Sight and Life Scholars Program
Guiding doctoral and master’s degree students toward careers focused on improving quality of diet.
Micronutrient Reference Laboratory
Facilitating the conduct of a wider range of micronutrient assays.
Quality-of-Diet / Micronutrient Research Faculty Position
Funding a new tenure track position to support the mission of ‘Hopkins Global Nutrition’.
Accelerate Hidden Hunger Assessment
Enabling the assessment of multiple micronutrient deficiencies more quickly and at low cost in low-resource settings.
Sight and Life | DSM Lectureship and Scholar-in-Residence in Micronutrient Deficiency Prevention and Control
Exposing students and faculty to advanced approaches in the prevention of micronutrient deficiencies.
Johns Hopkins / Sight and Life Internship Program
Placing masters’ degree students into field, agency, institutional and research projects aimed at preventing micronutrient deficiencies and improving the quality of diets.
Supporting activities including the publication of research findings in open access journals.
- The partnership between Sight and Life and Johns Hopkins was formed in the mid-1980s with the development of a novel capsule form of vitamin.
- In 2003, Sight and Life broadened its focus to cover the full range of micronutrients, targeting hidden hunger in the world’s most vulnerable populations.
- In 2018, the Scrip Award was presented to Sight and Life, DSM and Dhaka-based Beximco Pharma in recognition of the Sight and Life Global Nutrition Research Institute’s support of the JiVitA Project, a community-based research project seeking to reduce the health burden of micronutrient deficiencies among women and children in rural Bangladesh.
- 16 million multiple micronutrient (MM) and iron-folic acid (IFA) tablets were produced using a DSM vitamin and mineral premix, for a JiVitA study of 45,000 pregnant women (called JiVitA-3), in 2008.
Numbers of preterm, low-birth weight and still born infants were reduced by 10%–15%, with greater health benefits over IFA supplementation alone in the JiVitA-3 trial by taking a daily multiple micronutrient supplement.