Digital technologies for anaemia prevention programmes



Accelerated Reduction Effort on Anaemia (AREA) Community of Practice (CoP) webinar

Having anaemia prevalence by 2030 requires both efforts to scale-up proven nutrition interventions and the development of innovative solutions to address emerging bottlenecks.

Over the last decade our world has changed dramatically with an increasing number of people having access to mobile phones and digital technologies.

“Harnessing the power of digital technologies is essential for achieving universal health coverage… Ultimately, digital technologies are not ends in themselves; they are vital tools to promote health, keep the world safe, and serve the vulnerable
– Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General

The digital world poses both great potential and opportunities, as well as great challenges and risks for tackling malnutrition. For anaemia prevention digital technologies offer unique opportunities in anaemia detection, population screening, food fortification
and behavior change.

Please join us for this webinar where we will discuss how these developments are influencing anaemia programmes.



Saurabh Mehta, Cornell University
Nutriphone: Mobile devices for anaemia measurement and iron deficiency at home

Saurabh Mehta is an Associate Professor of Global Health, Epidemiology, and Nutrition at Cornell University as well as a consultant to the World Health Organization on topics such as tuberculosis, nutrition, and diagnostic test accuracy.  

As a physician and epidemiologist Dr Mehta’s research focuses on the interplay between nutrition and infection, including facilitating field-friendly assessment for both, and elucidating how nutrition can be used as a modifiable risk factor for
infections and associated outcomes primarily in resource-limited settings in India, sub-Saharan Africa, and Latin America. His current research includes two large, randomized efficacy trials to determine the effect of delivering micronutrients through
biofortified crops on nutrition and immune function in infants in India. 

Along with David Erickson, Dr Mehta is also the co-inventor of the Cornell NutriPhone and FeverPhone, a platform for point-of-care diagnosis of nutritional status and infections. 


Victoria Padula de Quadros,  FAO/WHO GIFT
Digital tools for strengthening food consumption data

Ms. Victoria Padula de Quadros is a Nutrition Officer of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). She joined the Food and Nutrition Division at FAO Headquarters (Rome, Italy) in 2017 to support the development of the FAO/WHO Global Individual Food consumption data Tool (FAO/WHO GIFT). Her main activities are related to data management, data harmonization and statistical data analysis of individual quantitative food consumption datasets. Victoria’s academic background consists of a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences, a Master’s degree in Molecular Biology with specialization in Human Physiology, and a Master’s degree in Human Nutrition.


Alison Mildon, University of Toronto
Telemedicine: opportunities for anaemia counseling and improvement of adherence

Alison Mildon is a public health nutrition professional and researcher.  Her work focuses on strengthening the design and delivery of community-based interventions to improve nutrition outcomes in vulnerable populations in her home country of Canada and globally.  She has extensive experience providing technical assistance, capacity building and monitoring and evaluation support to maternal and child nutrition programmes in low- and middle-income countries.  Alison is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Toronto, researching opportunities to enhance vulnerable families’ access to postnatal lactation support through community perinatal programmes.

Alison is a Registered Dietitian and received her Masters degree in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Toronto and Bachelors of Science in Dietetics from the University of British Columbia.  


Laura Rowe, Food Fortification Initiative
Real-time quality assurance data for fortification

Laura is the Deputy Director for the Food Fortification Initiative (FFI) where she is responsible for leading global teams as they provide technical assistance in the design and implementation of national food fortification programs across a variety of countries in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia in addition to identifying innovative opportunities for organizational change, growth, and collaboration. Prior to FFI, she was President and Director of Nutrition at Project Healthy Children (PHC) where she guided internal operations and external trainings and lead the organization’s technical efforts in the design, implementation, and monitoring of national food fortification programs across a diverse portfolio of countries in East and West Africa with a particular focus on innovative improvements to regulatory monitoring.

Laura’s work has also included designing management and leadership training programs for health care professionals across Africa and work on various nutrition related projects throughout Asia.

Laura received her BA in Ethnobotany from Connecticut College, a MS degree in International Nutrition (Food Policy and Applied Nutrition) from Tufts University’s Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, and a MPH degree in Global Public Health from Tufts University’s School of Medicine.


Luz Maria De-Regil – AREA Co Moderator

You can also register to become a member of the AREA CoP, by clicking on the following link: Join AREA CoP

The Community of Practice (CoP) aims to support members of the global community dedicated to improving and scaling up existing methods and strategies for anaemia reduction in a holistic and cohesive manner; to build consensus for engagement in AREA at
the global, regional and national level and commit to the achievement of the Global Nutrition Targets 2025 endorsed by the 65th World Health Assembly.




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