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WHO Regional Adviser for Nutrition recognized as food fortification champion

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Ayoub_Al-JawaldehDr Ayoub Al-Jawaldeh (right), the Regional Adviser for Nutrition, is one of the Food Fortification Initiative's champions. Photo: Food Fortification Initiative25 October 2017 – To celebrate its 15 year anniversay, the Food Fortification Initiative has honoured 15 fortification champions from different sectors and different parts of the world. From WHO's Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean Dr Ayoub Al-Jawaldeh, the Regional Adviser for Nutrition, is one of these champions.

He claims that private/public partnerships from industry, government, academia, and civil society might be the key for sustainability. To achieve impact, programme managers are using fortification vehicles that are consumed by the nutritionally vulnerable and add bioavailable fortificants. Fortifying at adequate levels will reduce dietary gaps and micronutrient deficiencies.

Read the full interview with Dr Al-Jawaldeh

15 Years, 15 Fortification Champions

Statistics and figures

WHO has several nutrition-related global databases. They include data for countries in the Region. Please click on the links to access them.

Vitamin and Mineral Nutrition Information System

WHO Global Database on Body Mass Index

WHO Global Database on Child Growth and Malnutrition

WHO Global Data Bank on Infant and Young Child Feeding

Some nutrition-related data from the Regional Health Observatory:

Estimates of anaemia in non-pregnant women of reproductive age

Anaemia in preschool-age children

Trend estimates for under 5 child malnutrition: