Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition (FSN Forum)

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Dr. Theodore Tulchinsky MD MPH

Organization: Retired
Country: Israel
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Lead author of The New Public Health fourth edition, now in process. Since 1999 previous editions used widely in Europe, North America and elsewhere; published in English, Russian, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Moldovan, Bulgarian, Romanian, Mongolian, Georgian, and Turkish languages. 

Member of Working Group on miconutient deficiencie and food forification in Israel.

This member contributed to:

    • Most Important Initiative for Global Nutritional Security for the coming decade

      1. A focused WHO/FAO/UNICEF/UNDP/World Bank joint program to reduce the pandemic of micronutrient deficiency in low, medium and high income countries;
      2. WHO to urge member states to implement mandatory fortification of basic foods as high priority in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (2030);
      3. WHO urgent issuance of Class I Recommended Guidelines for national mandatory fortification of basic Foods, e.g., salt with iodine; flour with iron , vitamin B complex, including folic acid and vitamin B12; milk and milk products with vitamins A and D; or alternative basic manufactured foods and possible additional exssential trace elements;
      4. International Technical and financial Fortification Initiative Grants.
      5. Standards for monitoring micronutrient status in selected population groups;
      6. High profile linkage of promotion of nutritional security for micronutrients as essential for improved response to infections including pandemic corona virus eg. COVID-19, influenza and others e.g., vitamin D.
    • I believe the very top priority for the coming period to improve global nutrition in high-, medium- and low income countries lies in very active promotion of national mandatory food fortification including ;

      milk and milk substitute products with vitamin D;

      salt with iodine; and 

      flour or othe equivalent common use with iron, vitamin B group, including folic acid and vitamin B12.

      The international agencies and NGOs striving to promote the Sustainable Development Goals, eg. UN, WHO, UNICEF, World Bank, FAO, UNDP and others, can and should actively promote this responsibility of national government providing political, technical assistance along with incentive grants.

      The Canadian model, in efffect for many years is workable and successful. 

      I have been in public health for over 50 yeas in Canada and Israel, with much experience in the European Region of WHO. I am lead author of a textbook called The New Public Health (Tulchinsky and Varavikova) in three editions since 2000 . We are currently workng on the fourth edition at the request of the publisher (Elsevier). Various editions have been translated and published in Russian, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Romanian, Uzbek, Mongolian, Georgian and Turkish languages. We are now working on the fourth edition.

      Attached please find Proceedings of a Conference sponsored by the Israel Ministry of Health, the Israeli Association of Public Health Physicians and Ashkelon College on Micronutrient Deficiencies and food fortification in Israel  (7 November 2019). THe Ministry presented new evidence-based policies on food fortification. 

      I would be glad to hear from persons and organizations interested in this topic.

      Best wishes.

      Theodore H (Ted) Tulchinsky MD MPH
      Emeritus, Braun School of Public Health, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel
      Emeritus, Ashkelon Academic College, Ashkelon, Israel