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|Responsible leadership under the Global Compact|
June 13, 2013
In its commitment to engage the private sector to move the global nutrition agenda forward, MI president Venkatesh Mannar joined leading Canadian companies and organizations to officially launch the Global Compact Network in Canada.
|Nutrition Centre Stage at Landmark High Level Event in London|
June 8, 2013
OTTAWA - The Canadian-based Micronutrient Initiative applauds world leaders for coming together today in London to raise awareness and resources for childhood malnutrition, a silent killer that is the underlying cause of more than 3 million child deaths annually , with devastating consequences for hundreds of millions more.
|The unfinished agenda on global nutrition: MI President Venkatesh Mannar co-authors paper in seminal Lancet series|
June 6, 2013
President of the Micronutrient Initiative, M.G. Venkatesh Mannar, O.C., is one of the co-authors of the 2013 Lancet series on Maternal and Child Undernutrition being launched today. In a follow up to the 2008 series, The Lancet, the world´s leading medical journal, has launched this series in London, bringing together thought leaders in global health, including Mannar, to discuss the way forward in building commitment and accelerating the impact of nutrition programming for the millions of people impacted by undernutrition.
|Nutrition Coalition Launches Social Media Campaign in Support of Canada Being World’s Leading Global Nutrition Funder|
June 4, 2013
A recent report by the UK´s Development Initiatives has stated that the Government of Canada is the world´s top funder of global nutrition programs. Over the last few years, CIDA has disbursed $104 million a year in support of global nutrition development assistance and committed millions more. To bring attention to this fact, a group of eight leading development organizations launched a social media campaign on June 3.
|Canadians Deliver Results at Women Deliver Conference in Malaysia|
May 30, 2013
The Micronutrient Initiative, the Canadian Network for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health and the Canadian High Commission in Malaysia co-hosted a reception for Canadian delegates at the Women Deliver 2013 conference in Kuala Lumpur on May 29th. Ten Canadian organizations and their partners from around the world joined in an evening that showcased the work Canada is doing to save and improve the lives of women and children with health and nutrition programming.
|The Last Taboo: Time to Start Talking Dirty|
May 23, 2013
Ottawa, Ontario Canada (Date May 23, 2013) -- Today, very few topics of conversations are considered “taboo”. But, there is still one that no one wants to discuss, despite it killing close to one million children a year: diarrhea. The Micronutrient Initiative´s Run for the Runs team has joined Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend to help raise awareness of the devastating effects of diarrhea on the world´s children, and the simple 50-cent treatment of zinc and oral rehydration salts that can be the difference between life and death.
|Ottawa School Runs for the Runs|
May 15, 2013
Ottawa, Ontario Canada Each year diarrhea kills one million children in developing countries. While it´s a topic many adults are embarrassed by, the students at Rockcliffe Park Public School aren´t only talking about it they´re running to help save lives.
|International Development Leader Invested into the Order of Canada|
May 3, 2013
Ottawa, ON Canada (May 3, 2013) Today M. G. Venkatesh Mannar, President of the Micronutrient Initiative (MI), was invested as an Officer of the Order of Canada in recognition of his leadership in the global fight against malnutrition and micronutrient deficiency. The level of Officer of the Order of Canada recognizes a lifetime of achievement and merit of a high degree, especially in service to Canada or to humanity at large.
|Stittsville Students Learn about Impact of One Drop of Iodine|
April 10, 2013
Stittsville, ON - In recognition of World Health Day, the Micronutrient Initiative (MI) visited Mr. Kealey´s grade 5/6 class at Holy Spirit Catholic School on Monday, April 8, 2013 to talk about the big impact of a little bit iodine. The hands-on workshop, put on by Chris Dendys and Aynsley Morris from MI´s External Relations team, let students take the role of field scientists checking salt for iodine. Students were given the opportunity to mirror how salt iodization takes place in the field, as well as testing salt to ensure it contained iodine.
|Transition at MI: A message from Micronutrient Initative Chair Robert Moore|
April 8, 2013
I write to share the news that after almost 20 years as President of the Micronutrient Initiative, Venkatesh Mannar will be transitioning out of this role at the end of this year and into an advisory role with MI. Given his depth of knowledge and commitment, the MI family is fortunate that Venkatesh has agreed to stay on in an advisory capacity. So, although MI loses its pioneering President, we will continue to benefit from his expertise in a part-time capacity, as will others, as he explores new and exciting ways to contribute to a world free of hidden hunger.