Nutrition Task Force for Folate
A global nutrition Task Force for the control of folate deficiency and folic acid responsive neural tube defects.
The work of the folate task team is being supported by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Through Nutrition Technical Assistance Mechanism (NTEAM)’s folate task team project, Nutrition International is helping to lay the groundwork for implementing a global strategy for the control of folate deficiency and prevention of related neural tube defects.
Maternal folate deficiency in the first 28 days of pregnancy is a major cause of neural tube defects. The most common forms of these defects include spina bifida and anencephaly, which are important causes of elective pregnancy terminations, stillbirths, early neonatal deaths, or long-term disabilities. Improving maternal folate status through folic acid fortification or supplementation can dramatically reduce the number of affected births and significantly contribute to reducing neonatal and child mortality.
The folate task team comprises a group of global partners under the leadership of Nutrition International, joining together to advance an action plan for neural tube defects prevention.
ADVANCING THE ROADMAP FOR ACTION
Supporting a global strategy for folate
A recent technical consultation convened by the Micronutrient Forum – whose Secretariat was hosted by Nutrition International between 2011 – 2017 – led to the development of a Roadmap for Action to advance and accelerate neural tube defects prevention globally. To advance the recommendations featured in this roadmap, Nutrition International has assembled a folate task team, which will coordinate activities for the advancement of the implementation agenda to reduce folate-responsive neural tube defects.
The folate task team is leading an expert advisory group and a core working group, and benefits from the experience and collaboration of selected global partners. Working together, these experts will:
- Facilitate access to the scientific and technical conclusions of the Roadmap for Action and folate-related knowledge products,
- Conduct a landscape analysis to prioritize countries where actions to reduce folate-sensitive neural tube defects are more needed and more likely to show impact,
- Build laboratory capacity in selected number of low and middle income countries to assess folate status, and
- Support research to further inform the activities towards the global action plan.
THE GLOBAL PARTNERS
A global project, supported by global experts
NTEAM’s folate task team gratefully acknowledges the active guidance and contribution of expertise of the following global partners:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities through their Birth Defects COUNT global initiative
- March of Dimes
- Push! Global Alliance
- WHO Nutrition Department
JOIN the FOLATE TASK TEAM
The folate task team is seeking global partners interested in collaborating on this important initiative for the prevention of folate deficiency and neural tube defects.
- Roadmap for Action
- Considerations for Studying Folate Beyond the Typical Range of Exposure
- Describing the prevalence of neural tube defects worldwide: A systematic literature review
- Estimates of global and regional prevalence of neural tube defects for 2015: a systematic analysis
- Large-Scale Food Fortification: An Overview of Trends and Challenges in Low-and Middle-Income Countries in 2017
- PUSH! Global Report Card Scoring Criteria & All Recommendations for Each of the Indicators
- The #FutureFortified Global Summit on Food Fortification Event Proceedings and Recommendations for Food Fortification Programs
- The Arusha Statement on Food Fortification
- Total prevention of folic acid-preventable spina bifida and anencephaly would reduce child mortality in India: Implications in achieving Target 3.2 of the Sustainable Development Goals
- There are no upcoming events.
- March 3 is World Birth Defects Day, proudly supported by Nutrition International
- Technical Consultation on Folate Status in Women and NTD Prevention, convened by the Micronutrient Forum, took place in Ottawa, Canada, April 2017.
- 8th International Conference on Birth Defects and Disabilities in the Developing World took place in Bogota, Colombia, Nov. 2017. View presentations.
Through NTEAM, Nutrition International invests in innovative approaches to solve difficult issues and develops products and services that help build capacity for nutrition globally, including services to support global collaborations. NTEAM understands that more can be accomplished if global experts work together and so actively supports the work of partnerships through enabling Task Forces for Nutrition.