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Public Health Interventions to Combat Micronutrient Deficiencies

Public Health Reviews201032:BF03391601

Published: 2 June 2010


Micronutrient deficiency conditions are global in scope, with developing countries suffering most from such “silent epidemics”. There are several different approaches to combating micronutrient malnutrition at the level of populations and vulnerable groups. We review these briefly with attention to successes, advantages and disadvantages. We recommend active governmental leadership and policy review on a continuing basis to address these fundamental public health problems.

Key Words

micronutrientsmalnutritionPublic Healthinterventionsfortificationsupplementationnutrition monitoring