Project Healthy Children

Project Healthy Children

Project Healthy Children works with governments in low-income countries to fortify staple foods with vitamins and minerals.

What is Project Healthy Children's mission?

Project Healthy Children is working to end malnutrition in Africa.

What does Project Healthy Children do?

  • Project Healthy Children works with small African flour mills to fortify staple foods with vital nutrients.
  • Project Healthy Children helps millers offset the costs of the nutrients by helping them save money on flour bags for packing their flour.
  • They monitor the fortifying process remotely and visit the mills when needed.
  • Project Healthy Children has already reached 2 million people with fortified flour, and they project that they will reach 25 million people by 2025.

Why do we recommend Project Healthy Children?

  • Project Healthy Children is a GiveWell standout charity.
  • GiveWell believes that fortifying foods with vital nutrients (e.g., salt iodisation and vitamin A supplementation) can be highly effective.
  • Project Healthy Children's work has been recognised with multiple awards and honours. For instance, the technology they use to fortify foods, called a "dosifier," was named one of Time Magazine's 100 Best Inventions in 2019.
  • In December 2019, Project Healthy Children received a $100,000 grant from Open Philanthropy for general support.
  • When Project Healthy Children spoke to GiveWell in 2015, they estimated that they could use up to about $1 million in additional funding in the long term, in order to launch monitoring and evaluation programs.

To learn more about Project Healthy Children, we recommend reading GiveWell's detailed 2015 review along with its 2020 follow-up conversation.

Fast Facts

  • According to Project Healthy Children, two billion people lack access to essential nutrients.
  • The body needs micronutrients like vitamins, iodine, and iron to function. Micronutrient deficiencies can lead to various health problems, like blindness, birth defects, and serious cognitive impairment.
  • About 16,000 children die each day from preventable illnesses resulting from micronutrient deficiencies.