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01 Mar 2018 description

UNICEF and GAIN urge immediate action to increase access to iodized salt amid longstanding evidence on how deficiency reduces cognitive ability

NEW YORK, 1 March 2018 – Nearly 19 million babies born globally every year – 14 per cent – are at risk of permanent yet preventable brain damage and reduced cognitive function due to a lack of iodine in the earliest years of life, according to a new joint report by UNICEF and GAIN released today. More than 1 in 4 of these children – 4.3 million – lives in South Asia.

27 Mar 2015 description

Last week 250 independent wheat flour millers in Pakistan’s province of Punjab voluntarily committed to start fortifying their flour.

The commitment, made at a seminar organised by the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) and the Pakistan Flour Mills Association (PFMA) in collaboration with the Pakistan Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (PCSIR), follows a previous move by 34 Punjab flour mills earlier this year to also start voluntarily fortifying their flour.

19 Sep 2014 description

GAIN’s work in improving nutrition in Pakistan received a massive boost today with the announcement that the state of Punjab is making the fortification of wheat flour mandatory.

This success comes as a result of the Punjab Food Authority, part of the Government of Punjab, approving standards for wheat flour fortification.