CDC Foundation, Pfizer and CDC Partner to Develop Longitudinal Data Collection System for Sickle Cell Disease

The CDC Foundation is partnering with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Division of Blood Disorders within the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, the California Rare Disease Surveillance Program (a project of the Public Health Institute, located in Oakland, CA) and Pfizer Inc. to support the development and implementation of a longitudinal data collection system for Americans with sickle cell disease.

Screening of Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia

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Screening of Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia
Minnesota, USA
United States of America
To determine the impact of molecular testing on newborn screening for Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia (CAH). The goal of the project is to improve clinical outcomes by early detection and treatment of infants affected by CAH and to reduce the burden of false positives on families and providers.
University of Minnesota (National Institutes of Health)
CDC's Division of Laboratory Sciences

Food Fortification Initiative

flour fortification

The global health burden of vitamin and mineral deficiencies is profound. For example, iron deficiency leads to debilitating anemia and contributes to women dying during childbirth. Insufficient folic acid causes devastating birth defects of the brain and spine. Zinc deficiency worsens lower respiratory tract infections, malaria and diarrheal disease. 

But there is a simple, cost-effective solution. Each year more than 350 million tons of wheat flour, 350 million tons of rice, and 85 million tons of corn flour are consumed as food staples. Much of the grain’s nutritional value is lost as it is milled, but nutrition can be restored–and improved– through flour fortified with vitamins and minerals such as iron, folic acid, zinc, and vitamin B12. When commonly eaten foods are fortified, people do not have to change their shopping, cooking or eating habits. The foods they already enjoy simply have more nutrition.

The Food Fortification Initiative, founded in 2002, builds alliances between governments and international agencies, wheat and flour industries, and consumer and civic organizations to increase the vitamin and mineral content in flour. The network of partners, including CDC, is working to make grain fortification standard practice in industrial mills.

The most visible evidence of success is the decrease in birth defects of the brain and spine, such as spina bifida, when flour is fortified with folic acid. In 2016 one-third of the world’s population – 2.43 billion people lived in a country that mandated fortification of wheat flour, maize flour, and/or rice. Grain fortification is a simple, affordable way to dramatically impact global health.

Learn more at www.FFInetwork.org.

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Food Fortification Initiative
Food Fortification
Antigua and Barbuda
Argentina
Australia
Barbados
Burkina Faso
Bahrain
Burundi
Benin
Bolivia
Brazil
Bahamas
Belize
Canada
Congo
Côte d’Ivoire
Chile
Cameroon
Colombia
Costa Rica
Cape Verde
Djibouti
Dominica
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
Egypt
Fiji
Grenada
Ghana
Guinea
Guatemala
Guyana
Honduras
Haiti
Indonesia
Iraq
Iran
Jamaica
Jordan
Kenya
Kyrgyzstan
Kiribati
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Kuwait
Kazakhstan
Saint Lucia
Liberia
Morocco
Moldova
Mali
Mauritania
Malawi
Mexico
Mozambique
Niger
Nigeria
Nicaragua
Nepal
Oman
Panama
Peru
Papua New Guinea
Philippines
Palestinian Territory
Paraguay
Saudi Arabia
Sierra Leone
Senegal
Suriname
Uganda
United States of America
Uruguay
Uzbekistan
Venezuela
Viet Nam
Kosovo
Yemen
South Africa
Zimbabwe
To promote the use of foods fortified with iron, zinc and folic acid and other B vitamins around the world by encouraging the production and marketing of fortified wheat flour, maize flour and rice.
Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade; Bunge Limited; Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN); Micronutrient Initiative; UNICEF; Cargill; GiveWell
CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion; Emory University; International Federation for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus
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