The best way to address the micronutrient deficiencies of this often-neglected population in the developing world is the through the family meal. Current diets lack meat and the diversity of foods capable of replenishing the iron stores depleted by menstruation, childbirth, and complications of disease. Women’s special needs are rarely addressed. Some countries provide iron supplements; however, distribution is uneven and unreliable. Uncomfortable side effects further contribute to low uptake.
Food fortification works. Our plan will reduce the incidence of iron deficiency anemia by creating a replicable system of fortifying the most commonly consumed, healthy foods with iron. Rates of iron deficiency anemia are highest in the developing world, yet most national nutritional strategies there do not address the problem directly. Our vision is to adopt successful fortification methods used in the developed world, and apply them to healthy foods preferred in the developing world – no behavior changes needed.
Fortify Selected as Semi-Finalist in the Ashoka Changemakers' Nutrients for All Competition