Technical Assistance for Micronutrient Surveys
Support for Global Micronutrient Laboratories
Billions of people around the world have micronutrient deficiencies that could cause birth defects, learning and intellectual disabilities, premature death, or other health problems.
CDC’s Environmental Health Laboratory operates the Global Micronutrient Laboratory, which plays an active role in reducing the worldwide burden of micronutrient deficiencies, such as deficiencies in iodine, iron, or vitamin A. The laboratory provides training and technical assistance to international public health organizations on sample analysis and field logistics for national nutrition surveys. This support improves the quality of laboratory test results and ensures actionable survey findings.
Over the years, CDC’s efforts have reached nutrition surveys in Argentina the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, Iraq, Kenya, Laos, Malawi, Mozambique, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Oman, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Yemen, and Zambia.
Specimen Collection and Shipping Posters
The posters below are available in PDF format for printing on 11″ x 17″ tabloid-sized paper.
- Steps for Collecting Finger Stick Capillary Blood Using a Microtainer® pdf icon[PDF – 706 KB]
- Steps for Measuring Capillary Blood Hemoglobin Using a HemoCue® pdf icon[PDF – 1.3 MB]
- Steps for Collecting Finger Stick Blood in a Microtainer® Tube for Preparing Dried Blood Spots pdf icon[PDF – 1 MB]
- Steps for Shipping Frozen Samples pdf icon[PDF – 852 KB]
- Steps for Shipping Dried Blood Spot Samples (Cold Shipment) pdf icon[PDF – 875 KB]