Dominican Republic Wheat Flour and Sugar Fortification Project
In March 2006, GAIN awarded US$ 1.88 million to the World Bank to help the Dominican Republic fortify wheat flour with Iron, folic acid (B9), thiamin (B1), riboflavin (B2) and niacin (B3) and sugar with vitamin A. Funding supported activities including: the purchase of premix and fortification equipment for wheat mills and sugar refineries; training of factory staff in quality assurance of premix; development of national food fortification norms; campaigns to educate consumers about the benefits of fortification; and surveys that collect data pre and post intervention to assess impact on populations.
The goal of the project is to reduce anemia, vitamin A deficiency and neural tube defect rates in children under five years old.
At full scale, the project aims to reach 60 percent of the population with fortified wheat and 76 percent of the population with fortified sugar.
Key achievements include the production of fortified flour by five mills, the design of a fortified food control system and approved national food fortification norms. As of June 2008, an estimated 4.6 million people had access to fortified wheat flour.
The project began in March 2006 and was completed in June 2009. GAIN recently completed an end of project evaluation and is working with the US CDC and local partners to finalize the results of the baseline survey report.