FORTIFY HEALTH

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STARTED: Started by CE in 2017

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Nikita Patel
Co-founder & CEO

SEED GRANT: $30,000

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Brendan Eappen

Co-founder & Chief Strategy Officer

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Fortify Health prevents and reduces anaemia and its long-term effects at-scale in India by fortifying wheat flour with iron, folic acid, and vitamin B12. Fortify Health collaborates with state governments and the private sector industry to ensure their programs reach across all groups in their states: Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, and West Bengal.

CURRENT OR PREDICTED IMPACT:

  • Government programs: Fortify Health is currently planning the rollout of a pilot program in government-run ashram schools in Maharashtra, catering toward children from marginalized communities. Over three years, they expect the program will be rolled out across all four divisions under the Tribal Development Department in Maharashtra, reaching 192,000 children per day with fortified wheat flour in their school meals.

  • Open market programs: In our confirmed 15 partner mills, Fortify Health estimates that the fortified flour they collectively produce when fortifying their flour at-scale will reach around 1.65 million people. As they reach more mills in the coming months, this will increase. By the end of 2022, they hope to have partnered with 30 mills providing wheat flour to the open market.

SIGNIFICANT UPDATES: 

  • In July 2021 Fortify Health received formal approval for a pilot program that will supply fortified wheat flour to ashram schools under the Tribal Development Department, Maharashtra (in four divisions: Nagpur, Amravati, Nashik, Thane)

  • By November2021, Fortify Heath signed their 15th mill partnership. With travel opening up a little in India during a COVID-19 trough, and with their specialist mill team, they were able to generate partnerships more efficiently than ever before

  • In May 2021, Fortify Health increased their internal specialist mill technology team from two to six people. Fortify Health has successfully set up a work environment for such technical specialists to thrive professionally and feel excited about continuing their career at Fortify Health; mill technologist team members are the largest driver in building successful mill partnerships 

  • In June 2019, Fortify Health started fortifying flour in our first partner mill 

  • In March 2019, Fortify Health hired a Country Director, Dr Urmi Bhattacharya, with significant experience in monitoring and evaluation and RCT management. Urmi’s contribution and management have been a crucial driver of Fortify Health’s success and impact.

ACHIEVEMENTS: 

  • Fortify Health has received two GiveWell Incubation Grants

  • ~300,000 (2018)

  • ~$1,000,000 (2019)

  • In July 2021, Fortify Health received approval to roll out a program to government-run ashram schools across Maharashtra by the state’s Tribal Development Department

  • As of November 2021, Fortify health has signed 15 partnerships with mills across West Bengal, Maharashtra, and Madhya Pradesh. Some of these were in spite of setbacks from the COVID-19 pandemic

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