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Global Health Programs: International Micronutrient Malnutrition Prevention and Control Program (IMMPaCT)


The International Micronutrient Malnutrition Prevention and Control (IMMPaCt) Program was established in 2000 at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to contribute CDC skills and resources to eliminate vitamin and mineral deficiencies – particularly iron, vitamin A, iodine, folate, and zinc deficiencies– as public health problems among vulnerable populations throughout the world.

Program Description

The IMMPaCt program works with global partners to implement national micronutrient surveys, develop monitoring and evaluation systems for micronutrient interventions, and implement applied research related to prevention of micronutrient malnutrition. Target populations include infants, young children, and women of childbearing age. IMMPaCt supports programs that increase vitamin and mineral fortification of staple foods and condiments in countries throughout the world.

Where We Work

  • China
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Dominican Republic
  • Guatemala
  • Iraq
  • Jordan
  • Kenya
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Nepal
  • Uganda

Public Health Impact

  • Since 2000, the IMMPaCt Program has helped the CDC provide assistance and/or training to more than 70 countries.
  • In fiscal year 2010, IMMPaCt worked with multiple countries, providing approximately $3.8 million in funding and/or technical assistance through cooperative and interagency agreements with the United Nation's International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF), the World Health Organization (WHO), the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), the Micronutrient Initiative (MI), the Flour Fortification Initiative (FFI), and other global partners.
  • IMMPaCt has increased country capacity for national micronutrient surveys and monitoring and evaluation of micronutrient programs.
  • IMMPaCt has increased the evidence base for micronutrient program effectiveness by working with national teams before, during, and after micronutrient interventions.
  • Working closely with the Flour Fortification Initiative, IMMPaCt has supported implementation of national fortification programs; 60 countries have passed mandatory national fortification laws.
  • In Uganda, IMMPaCt is working with USAID to develop a national nutrition program surveillance system.
  • In Guatemala (GHI country), IMMPaCt is working with USAID to implement a national chronic under-nutrition surveillance system.

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