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New report calls to halt damage to billions due to vitamin and mineral deficiency

Figures for nearly 80 per cent of the world’s population show lack of iron, iodine, vitamin A causes death, retardation, blindness for millions

Who:  UNICEF Deputy Director Kul Gautam
The Micronutrient Initiative President Venkatesh Mannar
UNICEF Senior Advisor on Nutrition Ian Darnton-Hill
GAIN Communication Director Claudia Pravanta 
WHO Micronutrient Focal Officer Bruno DeBenoist
President, Morton Salt Company, Walter Becky

What: Press conference to launch the report and a call to action for the world’s political, industry and media leaders

Where: UNICEF House, Danny Kaye Visitor’s Centre, Three UN Plaza  (44th Street btw First and Second Avenues)

When: 10:30 a.m. - Wednesday, 24 March 2004

Why: The UN Goals to bring vitamin and mineral deficiency will be met only with an ambitious, visionary, and systematic commitment to deploy solutions.

‘Vitamin and Mineral Deficiency: A Global Progress Report’ and the associate 80 national studies outline the scope of economic and public health damage caused by vitamin and mineral deficiency and lays out the solutions needed to control one of the underlying causes of poverty.

For further information and to get a copy of the report, please contact:

Kate Donovan, UNICEF Media, New York, Tel: 212 326 7452 
Erin Trowbridge, UNICEF Media, New York: Tel:  212 326 7172




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