INACG and IVACG were established in 1975 with funding from the United States Agency for International Development. The ILSI Research Foundation, through the former ILSI Research Foundation Human Nutrition Institute, served as their secretariat from 1984 to 2006. They were part of the ILSI Research Foundation’s commitment to integrating nutrition, food science, and community involvement to solve health problems caused by malnutrition.
The International Nutritional Anemia Consultative Group (INACG) was dedicated to reducing the prevalence of iron deficiency anemia and other nutritionally preventable anemias worldwide. It sponsors international meetings and scientific reviews and convenes task forces to analyze issues related to etiology, treatment, and prevention of nutritional anemias. Examination of these issues is important to the establishment of public policy and action programs.
The International Vitamin A Consultative Group (IVACG) guided international activities for reducing vitamin A deficiency in the world. IVACG concentrates its efforts on stimulating and disseminating new knowledge, translating that new knowledge to enable its practical application, and providing authoritative policy statements and recommendations that others can use to develop appropriate prevention and control programs.
INACG and IVACG were replaced by the Micronutrient Forum, which was established in 2006: Micronutrient Forum.
Publications, Consensus Statements, and Meeting Reports (PDFs)
Iron/Multi- Micronutrient Supplements for Young Children (1996)
Guidelines for the Use of Iron Supplements to Prevent and Treat Iron Deficiency Anemia (1998)
The Effects of Iron Deficiency and Anemia on Mental and Motor Performance, Educational Achievement, and Behavior in Children (1998)
Safety of Iron Supplementation Programs in Malaria-Endemic Regions (1999)
Why Iron Is Important and What to Do About It: A New Perspective (2001)
Technical Brief on Iron Compounds for Fortification of Staple Foods (2002)
Integrating Programs to Move Iron Deficiency and Anemia Control Forward (2003)
Guidelines for the Use of Iron Supplements to Prevent and Treat Iron Deficiency Anemia (2003)
IVACG Policy Statement on Vitamin A, Diarrhea, and Measles (1994)
IVACG Policy Statement on Vitamin A Status and Childhood Mortality (1997)
IVACG Statement: Vitamin A and Iron Interactions (1998)
Status of the Studies on Vitamin A and Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infection (2000)
Improving the Vitamin A Status of Populations (2003)
Vitamin A and the Common Agenda for Micronutrients (2004)