The need

Limited access to nutrient-rich foods leads to micronutrient deficiencies.

Micronutrient deficiencies have a negative impact during rapid growth periods, such as during infancy, childhood, adolescence and pregnancy, when the body has a higher demand for micronutrients.

Iron deficiency can lead to anaemia, cognitive impairment and complications during pregnancy and birth. Folate deficiency can result in babies born with neural tube defects. Vitamin A deficiency can lead to lower immunity and blindness. Iron, folate, and vitamin A deficiencies can be prevented by foods rich in these nutrients.

For some populations, insufficient access to nutrient-rich foods is made worse by disease and inadequate access to healthcare and sanitation. Solving these issues is a complex and long-term undertaking. However, in the short term, many lives can be saved and improved through supplementation.

Our solution

Micronutrient supplementation is ranked as a top priority to improve global child survival rates.

Following global guidance, we work with governments and agencies around the world to deliver key micronutrients to those in greatest need.

We deliver micronutrient interventions that fit the needs of a person throughout their life, across the continuum of care, and help to strengthen the system as a whole.

Our supplementation interventions get micronutrients to those who need them most

Nutrition International supplementation programs focus on targeted population groups:

Adolescent girls

  • Weekly iron-folic acid supplementation

Pregnant women

  • Iron-folic acid supplementation

Children under 5

  • Vitamin A supplementation
  • Diarrhoea treatment with zinc and oral rehydration salts