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IMMPaCt Research Activities

Objective/Purposes:

Enhance the evidence base to improve micronutrient program effectiveness and guide global policies

Background:

The nature of IMMPaCt work provides unique opportunities to increase the evidence base related to assessments of vitamin and mineral status and intervention effectiveness.  IMMPaCt carries out applied work on the implementation of “real world” micronutrient interventions implemented by our partners that provides the opportunity to examine important questions related to assessments and intervention effectiveness.  IMMPaCt has carried out randomized control trials and has also embedded special studies within national micronutrient surveys, laboratory biomarker studies, and secondary data analysis of national survey datasets.

The priority research areas are:

  • Program effectiveness and safety of home fortification and IYCF interventions
  • Impact of large-scale fortification programs for staple foods/condiments
  • Program effectiveness of micronutrient supplementation on nutritional status, morbidity, growth and/or cognition
  • Models and methods to implement and improve monitoring and surveillance
  • Validity, reliability, and use of nutritional biomarkers

Potential Impact:

The results of IMMPaCt research will help guide global policy, increase effectiveness of micronutrient interventions, and improve the use of biomarkers in vitamin and mineral assessments.

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