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UN Report on Micronutrient Deficiencies

9 January 2008

CIHD have co-authored a report on micronutrients in populations facing crisis conditions in the developing world.
The report was written by Andrew Seal and Claudine Prudhon for the UN Standing Committee on Nutrition. It looks at ways of assessing and responding to deficiencies in vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C, niacin and iron.

Micronutrient Deficiencies in Emergencies

Micronutrient deficiencies occur more frequently when people have a monotonous or restricted diet, so are quite common in emergency situations such as refugee camps. The deficiencies manifest themselves in conditions including scurvy and pellagra.

The report outlines the need for better techniques for testing for deficiencies, and for systems to provide better access to micronutrients for populations in crisis, in particular through diet diversification, nutritional supplements, and food fortification.