With nutrition and education as a core component of our approach to sustainable development in Haiti, we have partnered with the Global Center for Development of the Whole Child (GC-DWC) at the University of Notre Dame, the University of Notre Dame Haiti, and Dr. Jessica Farebrother-Riggutto of ETH Zurich to serve as an academic network to support both scientific and implementation research to maximize our impact. They also drive nutritional improvement through the Bon Sel Initiative, supporting the only domestic salt fortification processor.
In 2022, we conducted a cross-sectional study in the remote regions of Central Plateau highlands. This study included 400 children and 322 women of reproductive age. Our results show that habitual iodine intake has almost doubled, compared with previous data collected by UNICEF in 2018 (REF) Our findings suggest that the bouillon cube is the primary vehicle for iodine in the population studied, but products from the Dominican Republic may also provide a meaningful contribution to iodine intakes.
At the Bon Sel Initiative, we not only distribute fortified salt for Haitians, but we also offer a place for employment. This project has introduced XX number of jobs and we are looking to expand/double/etc. in the next XX years. We recognize the manual labor of salt production, so we ensure safe working conditions by _____. The tremendous efforts would not be possible without our team.
In conducting this research, it was discovered that almost half of the population of school-age children may also be at risk of iron-deficiency anemia. Alongside iodine, iron is a key micronutrient for the transport of oxygen around the body and a deficiency can profoundly affect a child’s growth and development potential, particularly for cognition. If iron-deficiency anemia is present in the population, correcting iodine intakes will only help education and learning initiatives to a certain extent, due to the fatigue, lack of energy, and lower focus that anemia presents.
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