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Turkmenistan Government to fully support flour fortification

Presidential order will improve nutritional status of children and women in Turkmenistan

TURKMENISTAN, 14 January 2008 – UNICEF welcomes the Turkmenistan Government’s self-sustainable flour fortification programme. Fortification of flour with micronutrients that contain iron and folic acid will reduce iron deficiency anaemia and improve the overall nutritional situation of women and children across the country.

The Government will finance the flour fortification programme as part of its commitment to child survival and development, and  will work with UNICEF to procure micronutrients that will be added to supreme grade and first grade flour.

Flour fortification is part of the Anaemia Prevention and Control Programme in Turkmenistan supported by UNICEF since 1996. The Ministry of Health and Medical Industry, Turkmenistan Bread Association, State Standard Agency, flour mills and UNICEF have seen concrete results in flour fortification.

Turkmenistan has adopted a new standard for flour fortification in line with international requirements and created a quality assurance and monitoring system. The staff of the Ministry of Health and the Bread Association have increased their knowledge on flour fortification. The Scientific-Clinical Centre of Mother and Child Healthcare monitors the impact of the programme.

The flour fortification programme is one of many programmes contributing to the health and well being of the children and women of Turkmenistan. Since 2001, the Government of Turkmenistan has financed 100 per cent of vaccines procurement using UNICEF Procurement Services.  In 2004, the country achieved universal salt iodization.

About UNICEF
UNICEF is on the ground in over 150 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence.  The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS.  UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

For more information please contact:
Ayadil Saparbekov, UNICEF Health and Nutrition Officer, Email: asaparbekov@unicef.org  
 
Gulyalek Soltanova, UNICEF Communication Officer, Phone: +99312 425681/82/86/86, Email: gsoltanova@unicef.org  
Web: http://www.unicef.org/turkmenistan 

 

 

 

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