Nutrition for resilience

Ensuring micronutrient security in an era of complex global challenges

As countries around the world continue to navigate the impacts of conflict, climate change, and economic instability, this year’s Micronutrient Forum, under the theme ‘Nutrition for Resilience’ played a key role in showcasing the latest evidence to inform a balanced global nutrition agenda, focused on evidence-based actions that drive resilience and sustainability.

From cutting edge updates from the frontier of data for decision-making and digitization in fortification, to critical insights into how to make better maternal nutrition a country-led reality, discover Nutrition International’s presence at this year’s forum.

The road to resilience

Joel Spicer, President and CEO called for focused, connected impact as part of the closing panel for the Micronutrient Forum 6th Global Conference.

Our Events

Our solution-focused sponsored symposia

Wednesday October 18, 7:00-8:15 AM CEST

Unveiling the roadblocks: Advocating for the scalability of rice fortification

Location: Amazon Hall

Manpreet Chadha, Senior Technical Advisor, Food Fortification moderated this Nutrition International and World Food Programme sponsored symposium on overcoming obstacles or challenges that hinder the ability to scale-up rice fortification, while Dylan Walters, Project Director, Health Economics, explored the cost of rice fortification.

Wednesday October 18, 3:00-5:00 PM CEST

Data for decision making

Location: Onyx Hall

In this Nutrition International sponsored symposium, Mandana Arabi, Vice President of Global Technical Services and Chief Technical Officer highlighted the critical and urgent need for timely and reliable data to drive decision-making and nutrition advocacy, while Dylan Walters, Project Director of Health Economics, shared Nutrition International’s suite of novel data collection and analytic tools, including the Cost of Not Breastfeeding Tool, MMS Cost-Benefit Tool and the soon-to-be released Cost of Inaction Tool. Alison Greig, Senior Technical Director, Global Technical Services and Practice Area Director, Child Survival examined strategic approaches to ensure the continuous and effective delivery of vitamin A supplementation within health systems in “Building resilient health systems to withstand service disruption in vitamin A supplementation programs”.

Thursday October 19, 7:00-8:15 AM CEST

Multiple micronutrient supplementation: Do we learn from history or repeat the same mistakes?

Location: Onyx Hall

In 2020, the World Health Organization supported the transition from long-standing iron and folic acid  (IFA) supplementation to multiple micronutrient supplements (MMS), based on evidence that MMS is more effective and cost effective than IFA for pregnant women. This session explored how to deliver MMS at scale – a question that demands responsive implementation research on MMS to close the ‘know-do gap’.

Co-moderators Dr. Shabina Raza, Country Director for Pakistan and Jennifer Busch-Hallen, Practice Area Director, Maternal and Neonatal Health and Nutrition presented a video case study on replacing routine antenatal IFA with MMS and concluded the symposium with a reflection, questions and answer session. Other presentations included:

Charting a course for success: Navigating the winding roads of bringing MMS to scale with commitment care and strategyDr. Khawaja Masuood Ahmed, National Coordinator for the Nutrition and National Fortification Alliance in the Ministry of National Health Services Regulations and Coordination

Rigorous implementation research on maternal nutrition and MMS: Driven by critical voices from Pakistan and NigeriaSarah Rowe, Technical Advisor, Maternal and Newborn Health and Nutrition

The application of outcome, process and cost-effectiveness evaluations in MMS implementation research Dr. Chowdhury Jalal, Senior Technical Advisor, Evaluation and Strategic Research

Enabling country level introduction and scale up of MMS through increased commitment, investment and coordination – Zeina Sifri, Senior Program Officer, MNCH, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Avoiding the same mistakes: Learning from program experience and adopting e-tools for greater success Jennifer Busch-Hallen, Practice Area Director, Maternal and Neonatal Health and Nutrition

Highlights of Nutrition International's presence at the forum

Monday October 16, 11:00AM-12:30PM CEST

Session: Adopting human centered design principles to close the adherence gap for maternal micronutrient supplementation

Location: Yangtze Hall

Making the case for the cost-effectiveness of multiple micronutrient supplementation Jennifer Busch-Hallen, Practice Area Director, Maternal and Neonatal Health and Nutrition

Tuesday October 17, 10:30AM-12:00PM CEST

Session: Session: Getting it right: Measuring hemoglobin and defining anaemia

Location: King Alexander Willem Hall 

Technical note on best practices for hemoglobin measurement in population-level anaemia surveys Sara Wuehler, Senior Technical Advisor, Nutrition Information Systems

Tuesday October 17, 1:45 - 3:15PM CEST

Session: Bridging implementation and science: Lessons learned in designing and delivering micronutrient programs for impact and scale

Location: Amazon Hall

Prompting supply of zinc and low-osmolarity oral rehydration salts through the private sector coupled with behaviour change communication on treatment of childhood diarrhoea in KenyaJacqueline Kung’u, Regional Advisor, Research and Evaluation, Africa

Strategies to improve adherence to interventions: Programmatic experience of evidence informed program design Dr. Chowdhury Jalal, Senior Technical Advisor, Evaluation and Strategic Research

Tuesday October 17, 5:30 - 7:00PM CEST

Session: Forging connections between humanitarian and development efforts to strengthen micronutrient and nutritional resilience

Location: King Willem Alexander Hall

The pathway of impact: Connecting nutrition programs with resilience measuresMandana Arabi, Vice President of Global Technical Services and Chief Technical Officer

Wednesday October 18, 8:30-10:00AM CEST

Session: Current estimates of the global prevalence of micronutrient deficiency and the need for more data

Location: King Willem Alexander Hall

Biomarkers as the gold standard for estimating the prevalence of micronutrient deficiency, excess and the biological basis for establishing biomarker cut offs Homero Martinez, Senior Technical Advisor, Folate Task Team

Wednesday October 18, 1:45-3:15PM CEST

Session: Highlighting integrated multisectoral nutrition programs for adolescents

Location: Onyx Hall

Global overview of adolescent nutrition and weekly iron folic acid supplementation programs  – Marion Roche, Senior Technical Advisor, Adolescents’ and Women’s Health and Nutrition

Multisectoral nutrition programs for adolescents in Senegal, Kenya, Tanzania and Ethiopia – Lucy Murage, Regional Technical Advisor, Global Technical Services



Friday October 20, 10:30AM-12:00PM CEST

Session: Building Resilient Health Systems to Withstand Service Disruption in Vitamin A Supplementation Programs

Location: Amazon Hall

Moderated by Alison Greig, Senior Technical Director, Global Technical Services and Practice Area Director, Child Survival




Friday October 20, 10:30AM-12:00PM CEST

Session: Advocating for Nutrition in the Face of Multiple Crises

Location: Yangtze Hall

Navigating Nutrition Advocacy: Strategies, Successes, and Accountability at Regional and Country Levels – Irshad Danish, Senior Advocacy Advisor, Asia



Friday October 20, 3:30-5:30PM CEST

Session: Closing Ceremony: Road to resilience

Location: King Willem Alexander Hall

Remarks given by Joel Spicer, President and CEO