About the Program
Contributing CDC's Skills and Resources to the Global Effort in Eliminating Micronutrient Malnutrition
Photo: Jim Stipe, Lutheran World Relief
In 2000, CDC established the International Micronutrient Malnutrition Prevention and Control (IMMPaCt) Program.
The program goal is to work with global partners to contribute CDC skills and resources to eliminate vitamin and mineral deficiencies as public health problems among vulnerable populations throughout the world, particularly for iron, vitamin A, iodine, and folate.
IMMPaCt works with its global partners to achieve the following:
- Ensure high quality assessments of vitamin and mineral status and associated factors in target populations. High priority target populations are infants, young children and women of childbearing age.
- Increase effectiveness of micronutrient interventions.
- Increase fortification of staple foods and condiments in countries throughout the world.
IMMPaCt brings about the following:
- Implementing national micronutrient surveys.
- Developing monitoring and evaluation systems.
- Supporting networks that promote food fortification.
- Implementing applied research.
Since 2000, the IMMPaCt Program has helpd the CDC provide assistance and/or training to over 70 countries.
In fiscal year 2010 IMMPaCt worked with many countries, providing over $3 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. For more information, see Projects and Initiatives.