Improving Methods to Assess Vitamin A Deficiency

Reporting Organization:Johns Hopkins University
Total Budget ($CAD):$ 1,260,000
Timeframe: March 22, 2012 - May 30, 2016
Status: Completion
Contact Information: Unspecified

Partner & Funder Profiles

Reporting Organization

Johns Hopkins University

Participating Organizations


Funders (Total Budget Contribution)

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Country - Total Budget Allocation

Bangladesh - $ 630,000.00 (50.00%)

Zambia - $ 630,000.00 (50.00%)

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Areas of Focus

Health - Total Budget Allocation

Nutrition (50 %)

Other - Total Budget Allocation

Other (50 %)

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This project with Johns Hopkins University is to complete the last stage of testing for an innovative, field-friendly, cost-effective assessment method to detect vitamin a deficiency (VAD). The impacts of proving the validity of this device will have global implications through the ability to rapidly assess VAD in the field so as to monitor the impact of interventions and to target interventions to those most in need.

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Target Population

Gender and age: Unspecified
Total Direct Population: Unspecified
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Results & Indicators

Expected Results

The expected intermediate outcomes for this project include: increased use of the Portable Field Dark Adaptometer (PDFA) in a variety of population settings, including surveys, clinical centres, and monitoring and evaluation programs designed to prevent Vitamin A Deficiency (VAD); the PFDA system is adopted on a national scale to assess population Vitamin A status in Zambia and Bangladesh and implemented by local and national health programs.

Achieved Results



  • None Selected
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Associated Projects (If applicable)

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