Through USAID support, the ECSA Health Community is implementing a regional food fortification project. This project is a response to a Resolution passed by the ECSA Health Ministers in 2002, which directed the Secretariat to “work with the countries to promote food fortification Initiatives”. The project aims to address the high level of micronutrient deficiencies facing the region.
A number of milestone were realized throughout the implementation of the project including development of regional food fortification standards, development and adoption of food control manuals, establishment of regional laboratory proficiency network and capacity building of more than 100 government officials on designing and implementation of food fortification programs.
With the support from USAID through GAIN the second phase of the initiative focuses on capacity building to monitor fortified and nutritious foods, implemented 13 ECSA countries.
The project focus on strengthening countries capacities to monitor the quality, safety and impact of manufactured fortified and nutritious foods and facilitate the sharing of good and promising practices related to the thematic areas.