What have we set out to do?
Fortify Health’s founding team received initial funding from Charity Science, with the aim to set up an iron and folic acid fortification initiative that may eventually meet GiveWell’s rigorous standards for the most effective charities.
The first phase involved setting up operational systems, reading literature on supplementation and fortification, developing a knowledge base, talking to fortification experts, pinpointing several potential approaches, and selecting a project location. In May 2018, we received a GiveWell Incubation Grant to work on wheat flour fortification in Maharashtra and West Bengal, India.
At present, we are entering implementation phase.
What makes us unique?
Our uniqueness stems from the unusual absence of restriction to working in a specific location or to adopting a specific approach in fortification; we do not have strict donor requirements to adhere to and, therefore, we are able to be as adaptable as needed in the process of setting up an especially effective organisation. Our motive has been, and still is, to find a niche or neglected area within micronutrient fortification, either in terms of geographical location or approach, and to direct resources there.
Should our first year of implementation demonstrate success and receive ongoing support from the effective altruism community, we may be uniquely positioned to scale the project so that the impact can reach many more people.
Throughout the startup process, we received strong mentorship from Joey Savoie, CEO and Co-founder of Charity Science: Health, who runs an organisation in India founded with similar goals to have a scalable and evidence-based impact on health.