Millions of children die or are disabled each year from treatable/preventable malnutrition.
1.1 million children under five die due to vitamin A and zinc deficiencies. 136,000 women and children die because of iron-deficiency. 18 million babies are born mentally impaired because of maternal iodine deficiency.
Fortified foods offer the added vitamins and minerals to protect against disease and birth defects.
Food fortification programs are a proven cost-effective strategy to combat deficiencies and deliver sustainable improvements to the current generation and generations to come. Empowering people to get essential micronutrients helps to reduce disease, poverty, child mortality and improve maternal health.
One third of the developing world’s small children are vitamin A deficient
Vitamin A boosts the immune system and where the population is at risk of deficiency, supplementation reduces small child mortality by 23%.
A Successful Solution
High Return On Investment
Investment in micronutrient solutions yield the highest rates of return and have received the highest praise from the world’s top economists. The Copenhagen Consensus panel considered 30 options and ranked micronutrients as the world’s best investment for development. Low cost with high returns in improved capacity means the benefit to cost ratio of micronutrient programming is unmatched by any other large-scale health or economic intervention.
Impressive Success Rates
Babies A Day
Are protected from neural tube birth defects due to flour being fortified with folic acid.
Tanzanian Goiter RateBy adding iodine to salt, the Tanzanian goiter rate fell from 25% to 7%.
Anemia In BahrainBy adding iron and folic acid to wheat and maize flour, anemia among pregnant women in Bahrain dropped from 40% in 1996 to 23% in 2012.
Guatemalan Vitamin A DeficiencyBy adding vitamin A to sugar, the Guatemalan vitamin A deficiency fell from 22% to 5% in just two years.
Sanku strives to improve the health and vitality of those without access to nutrient enriched foods throughout the developing world. With support from Stanford University engineers and Project Healthy Children, Sanku has taken on the challenge of small-scale fortification by developing a first-of-its kind fortification dosifier for village-level mills.
By positioning ourselves on the front lines of fortification challenges, our team acts as a catalyst to launch collaborative initiatives with local partners that provide innovative and sustainable solutions to micronutrient deficiencies. Through the implementation of scalable, cost effective, and proven technology, Sanku’s goal is to provide fortified foods to over 200 million people by the year 2020.