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Large-scale Fortification

The legacy of Project Healthy Children’s work

A healthy and nutritious diet is the cornerstone to a country’s development – it is the most cost effective way to prevent disease and illness, and the most important step toward providing children the opportunity to regularly attend school and show up alert and ready to learn.

Large-scale Fortification

The best way to reach the most people

A healthy and nutritious diet is the cornerstone to a country’s development – it is the most cost effective way to prevent disease and illness, and the most important step toward providing children the opportunity to regularly attend school and show up alert and ready to learn.

Project healthy Children (PHC) was established in 2001 and successfully designed and implemented large-scale food fortification programs in smaller sub-Saharan countries (Rwanda, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Liberia, Burundi). PHC was successful in assisting governments to pass fortification policy that has resulted in 55 million people still benefiting today from PHC’s work.

While this was taking place, we discovered that as much as 35% of the people living in these communities did not have access to fortified food. We also observed that this problem extended beyond the countries we were working in, concluding that an estimated one billion people were not being reached through existing interventions. PHC set out to solve this problem.

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People we reach with large scale programs

By 2013 it was clear that PHC had developed a scalable and cost-effective solution to this problem. Sanku was created as a result, and began the process of scaling to reach a goal of 100 million people. The board of directors concluded that keeping Sanku under the PHC 501c3 preserved the existing donor base, maximized the opportunity to retain the food fortification expertise resident with PHC, and minimized any confusion with other organizations that we work with. PHC’s original large-scale government policy focus shifted in 2016, and the original board was also dissolved.

In 2017, a Sanku focused board was formed to focus on small-scale fortification as the most effective means to end malnutrition for millions.

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People we will reach with small scale fortification by 2025