Fortify Health focuses specifically on fortifying atta (flour) with iron, folic acid, and vitamin B12 to address the issue of iron deficiency anaemia.Fortify Health employs a three pronged approach : 1) Cost-neutrally fortifying flour of open-market millers 2) Partnerships with division-level and state level government offices supporting them in scheme and ecosystem development 3) Generating evidence for policy advocacy
Nikita Patel started working in the charity sector when she left university and through her work became interested in problems surrounding global health. She is now the co-founder and CEO of Fortify Health, an evidence-driven nutrition organisation working in India that aims to address the issue of micronutrient deficiencies. The organisation works with government and millers to facilitate the fortification of wheat flour in order to reduce anaemia and neural tube defects at population scale. Fortify Health currently has nine team members, and will total 14 team members by May 2021, and is continuing to grow. They have received two incubation grants totalling 1.3 million dollars from GiveWell, a rigorous charity evaluator based in the bay area. They have partnered with seven mills across India, and Nikita hopes that the organisation will continue to further expand their ground operations and mill partnerships as the Fortify Health team continues to grow.