About the Program

Contributing CDC’s skills and resources for a healthier world without vitamin and mineral deficiencies

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Photo: Jim Stipe, Lutheran World Relief


In 2000, CDC established the International Micronutrient Malnutrition Prevention and Control (IMMPaCt) Program.

Program Goal

The program goal is to work collaboratively to achieve optimal health among vulnerable populations by improving micronutrient nutrition globally, with a particular focus on iron, vitamin A, iodine, folate and zinc.

Leadership & Activities

IMMPaCt works with its global partners to:

  • Provide leadership for vitamin and mineral deficiency elimination throughout the world by contributing to the development of policies and guidelines, taking an active role in cereal grain and home fortification, and participating in global nutrition initiatives
  • Support implementation of high quality assessments, monitoring and evaluation (M&E), and surveillance systems in countries
  • Enhance the evidence base to improve nutrition interventions and program effectiveness

Key IMMPaCt activities:

  • Participating on steering committees, boards, and as active members of nutrition initiatives
  • Developing monitoring and evaluation (M&E) and surveillance systems
  • Implementing national micronutrient surveys
  • Supporting networks that promote mass food fortification and home fortification
  • Implementing applied research

By helping countries carry out appropriate assessments, and develop and operate monitoring and evaluation and surveillance systems, IMMPaCt and its global partners work to enable national governments, food industries, and civic organizations to successfully implement interventions such as mass food fortification, supplementation, and home fortification in order to eliminate vitamin and mineral deficiencies. For more information, see Our Work.


Since 2000, the CDC IMMPaCt Program has provided technical assistance, training, and/or funding to over 75 countries. IMMPaCt works in 8-10 countries at a time, with each country project lasting an average of three to seven years. Annually, IMMPaCt provides over $3 million in funding and/or technical assistance through cooperative and interagency agreements with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Health Organization (WHO), the Food Fortification Initiative (FFI), the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Micronutrient Initiative (MI), the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), and other global partners. For more information, see Partners .

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