30 May 2016 - 03 June 2016
FORTIMAS is designed for users to assess trends in a limited number of program coverage and micronutrient status indicators in easy-to-reach target populations. Large-scale surveys, such as the Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS), are usually conducted at 5 to 10 year intervals. The FORTIMAS system will help countries identify trends in the interim period, such as whether maximum household coverage is reached and sustained in a given geographic area, and whether the health status of those who regularly consume fortified flour is improving.
A key benefit of FORTIMAS is that it can be used with data already collected for other purposes. For example, information on the number of newborns with neural tube defects (NTDs) is regularly gathered by large birthing hospitals in capital cities. The number of NTDs can be compared year after year in these hospitals to identify success or potential problems with the flour fortification program.
Smarter Futures, a partnership that includes the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, AkzoNobel, FFI, Helen Keller International (HKI) and the International Federation for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus (IF).