Dr. Stanley Zlotkin, global leader in child health, joins Nutrition International’s board of directors

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Ottawa, CANADA – Nutrition International is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Stanley Zlotkin to its Board of Directors. As the inaugural Chief of the SickKids Centre for Global Child Health in Toronto, and an active researcher and consultant for governments and United Nations agencies, Dr. Zlotkin is a globally respected voice and advocate for paediatric nutrition.

“We are happy to welcome Dr. Zlotkin to our Board of Directors,” said David de Ferranti, Board Chair of Nutrition International. “His lifelong commitment to improving child health and nutrition has had a measurable impact on children around the world, and this dedication will help us guide Nutrition International as we seek to eliminate malnutrition and ensure every child is able to achieve their full potential.”

Dr. Zlotkin is a professor of Paediatrics, Public Health Sciences and Nutritional Sciences at the University of Toronto. In 1998, he was approached by UNICEF and asked to find a viable solution for micronutrient malnutrition. The result was the development of micronutrient powders (known as ‘Sprinkles’) for home-fortification of complementary foods, ensuring young children receive the necessary nutrition. With support from USAID, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), and private foundations, he has since completed multi-country research to prove the benefits of home-fortification in controlling micronutrient deficiencies. According to UNICEF, micronutrients are currently distributed in more than 60 countries reaching more than 15 million children per year. His current research is focused on the challenges associated with the implementation and sustainability of micronutrient powder programs globally.

“Dr. Stanley Zlotkin is a nutrition champion, luminary, and world-renowned technical expert,” said Joel Spicer, President and CEO, Nutrition International. “His arrival on Nutrition International’s board of directors comes at a critical moment. The pandemic poses significant additional challenges to addressing malnutrition and Stan’s unique combination of skills, depth of experience, wisdom and kindness will be strong assets to our organization as we navigate the challenges and opportunities for growth ahead.”

For his leadership in global child health, Dr. Zlotkin was awarded the HJ Heinz Humanitarian Award in 2001 and the prestigious CIHR National Knowledge Translation Award in 2006. In 2007, he was awarded the order of Canada, the country’s highest civilian honour and in 2016, the Order of Ontario.

“I’m honoured to be joining the Board of Directors of Nutrition International,” said Dr. Zlotkin. “For nearly 30 years, this organization has been driven by technical expertise, global advocacy and thoughtful leadership to end malnutrition around the world, while putting the needs of people at the heart of its mission. I look forward to working together to realize this goal.”

Founded in Canada in 1992 and headquartered in Ottawa, Nutrition International is committed to ending malnutrition around the world. Nutrition International’s global Board of Directors is comprised of former heads of state and leaders in philanthropy, academia, think-tanks, advocacy, and impact investing. The board provides guidance and support as the organization works to improve the lives of more than one billion people, particularly women, adolescent girls and children, with better nutrition by 2030.