Prevention and Clinical Management | Focus: Small and Sick Newborns Room: 1.43-1.44 Pre-Formed Panel
May 11, 2023 09:10 - 10:25(Africa/Johannesburg)
20230511T0910 20230511T1025 Africa/Johannesburg Food Fortification with Folic Acid to Prevent Life-Threatening Birth Defects Worldwide

Birth defects are one of the leading causes of stillbirths and child mortality globally. There is a global inequity in birth defects prevention through proven public health interventions such as staple food fortification with folic acid, an essential micronutrient. We present the epidemiology of neural tube birth defects that are largely preventable, and the method of preventing them through food fortification. Nutrition International and Food Fortification Initiative will present their work in achieving global prevention of neural tube defects. We will also present a story of advocacy, featuring the Global Alliance for Prevention of Folic Acid-Preventable Spina Bifida (GAPSBi-F) and the International Federation for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus. These are two global organizations that are leading efforts on prevention through active advocacy. All the talks in this panel will cover the importance of primary prevention of major birth defects thus improving child health, especially in low- and middle-income countries.

Room: 1.43-1.44 International Maternal Newborn Health Conference 2023 information@imnhc.org
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Birth defects are one of the leading causes of stillbirths and child mortality globally. There is a global inequity in birth defects prevention through proven public health interventions such as staple food fortification with folic acid, an essential micronutrient. We present the epidemiology of neural tube birth defects that are largely preventable, and the method of preventing them through food fortification. Nutrition International and Food Fortification Initiative will present their work in achieving global prevention of neural tube defects. We will also present a story of advocacy, featuring the Global Alliance for Prevention of Folic Acid-Preventable Spina Bifida (GAPSBi-F) and the International Federation for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus. These are two global organizations that are leading efforts on prevention through active advocacy. All the talks in this panel will cover the importance of primary prevention of major birth defects thus improving child health, especially in low- and middle-income countries.

Status of Global Folic Acid-Preventable Spina Bifida and Anencephaly
Panel 09:10 AM - 10:25 AM (Africa/Johannesburg) 2023/05/11 07:10:00 UTC - 2023/05/11 08:25:00 UTC
Small and Sick Newborns (SSNB)
Prevention and Clinical Management
Presenters Vijaya Kancherla
Deputy Director, Center For Spina Bifida Prevention - Emory University
Prevention of Neural Tube Defects by Improving Folate Status through Large-Scale Food Fortification: A Global Perspective
Panel 09:10 AM - 10:25 AM (Africa/Johannesburg) 2023/05/11 07:10:00 UTC - 2023/05/11 08:25:00 UTC
Small and Sick Newborns (SSNB)
Prevention and Clinical Management
Presenters Homero Martinez
Senior Technical Advisor, Folate Task Team, Nutrition International
Food Fortification Initiative: Providing Technical Guidance to Countries to Implement Large-Scale Food Fortification
Panel 09:10 AM - 10:25 AM (Africa/Johannesburg) 2023/05/11 07:10:00 UTC - 2023/05/11 08:25:00 UTC
Small and Sick Newborns (SSNB)
Prevention and Clinical Management
Presenters
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Scott Montgomery
Director, Food Fortification Initiative
Global Partnerships in Promoting Primary Prevention of Neural Tube Birth Defects: Need for Champions in Advocacy
Panel 09:10 AM - 10:25 AM (Africa/Johannesburg) 2023/05/11 07:10:00 UTC - 2023/05/11 08:25:00 UTC
Small and Sick Newborns (SSNB)
Prevention and Clinical Management
Presenters Jeffrey Blount
Division Director/Chief Of Ped Neurosurgery, Childrens Hospital Of Alabama, University Of Alabama-Birmingham
Co-authors
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Sylvia Roozen
Secretary General, International Federation For Spina Bifida And Hydrocephalus
Division Director/Chief of Ped Neurosurgery
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Childrens Hospital of Alabama, University of Alabama-Birmingham
Director
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Food Fortification Initiative
Senior Technical Advisor, Folate Task Team
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Nutrition International
Deputy Director
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Center for Spina Bifida Prevention - Emory University
Dr. Vijaya Kancherla
Deputy Director
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Center for Spina Bifida Prevention - Emory University
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