Archive for June, 2018

Ghana Micronutrient Survey Report

University of Ghana, GroundWork, University of Wisconsin, KEMRI-Wellcome Trust, & UNICEF

June 2018 – Report Release, Accra, Ghana

The 2017 Ghana Micronutrient Survey (GMS) is national and comprehensive micronutrient survey that collected data on micronutrient deficiencies, anemia, malaria, and blood disorders (e.g. sickle cell, alpha-thalassemia) in children 6-59 months of age, and non-pregnant women 15-49 years of age, and pregnant women. The GMS also collected anthropometric measurements to estimate the prevalence of stunting and wasting in children, and overweight and obesity in non-pregnant women. The information collected by the GMS will enable the government and international agencies to monitor the current status of national nutrition programs (e.g. wheat and vegetable oil fortification and vitamin A supplementation) and to plan future nutrition and health interventions. The GMS was conducted by the University of Ghana and GroundWork and their nutrition partners (e.g. University of Wisconsin, Kemri-Wellcome Trust, UNICEF, Ghana Health Service, and others). Funding was provided by UNICEF and the Canadian Government.

Affordable Nutritious Food for Women (ANF4W) product availability and consumption study

GroundWork, University of Ghana

March 2018 – Report Release, Accra, Ghana

Women of reproductive age, particularly during pregnancy and lactation, have increased nutrient needs and are therefore more vulnerable to nutritional deficiencies. In Ghana, despite two decades of sustained economic growth and reductions in some forms of malnutrition, progress on eliminating micronutrient deficiency has been slow. The “Affordable Nutritious Foods for Women” (ANF4W) program thus aimed to increase the local supply of and demand for affordable nutritious foods for women of reproductive age in developing countries. The ANF4W evaluation included two cross‐sectional surveys, and this report presents the situation after a 6 months branded and unbranded marketing campaign, which followed the product launch in March 2017.