Consultative Meeting on Micronutrient Intervention Program Conducted
The Ethiopian Public Health Institute’s (EPHI) Food Science and Nutrition Research Directorate organized a consultative meeting on the Micro-nutrient Intervention Modeling (MINIMOD) and Policy engagement project launching event on December 14, 2017.
The meeting is a step for the research to be conducted in collaboration with California University to generate input for the national Micronutrient Intervention Program.
Dr. TsigeredaKifle, Deputy Director General of EPHI, in the welcoming speech indicated that the prevalence of malnutrition is imposing significant cost on the Ethiopian economy as well as the society.
“The high mortality due to malnutrition leads to the loss of the economic potential of the community. Micronutrient (vitamin and mineral deficiencies) remain one of the main risk factors for infection and chronic disease, morbidity and mortality among all ages and is one of the major public health problems in Ethiopia, with women and children at risk,” said Dr. Tsigereda.
The consultative meeting addressed a brief introduction on the overview micronutrient deficiency in Ethiopia, strategic investment for improved nutrition in Ethiopia, presentation on the MINIMOD tool that is being developed to design and manage more cost-effective national and sub-national micronutrient intervention programs in Ethiopia, feedback from stakeholders on the MINIMOD tool and discuss next steps in tool development and policy engagement activities.