Westborough, MA – EIN 830396815 projecthealthychildren.com
Project Healthy Children is a nonprofit organization based in Westborough that works closely with governments in developing countries to provide technical assistance for supporting the design and implementation of food fortification programs in developing countries.
Food fortification is common in the developed world. We see it every day in our cereal and milk and salt. But two billion people don’t get what most of us take for granted.
Project Healthy Children
Project Healthy Children (PHC) is a nonprofit organization based in Westborough that works closely with governments in developing countries to provide technical assistance for supporting the design and implementation of food fortification programs in developing countries. In these developing countries, it helps add micronutrients (such as folic acid, iodine, and iron) to fortify foods such as flour, sugar, rice, and oil in order to tackle micronutrient deficiency in developing countries.
It was started by David M. Dodson and Stephanie Dodson Cornell and initially targeted to help fortify food with folic acid to benefit Honduran children, after a trip to Honduras in 2000 where they became aware of the malnutrition problem in Honduras and of the cost-effectiveness of food fortification. In 2008, Project Healthy Children went into Rwanda in order to deal with anemia and goiter. In 2010 PHC helped set up a National Fortification Alliance.
PHC was first added to GWWC's list of top charities on May 16, 2013. Explaining the decision to add them, GWWC's Robert Wiblin wrote that PHC was pursuing a promising, low-cost, high-upside approach and seemed to have strong overall competency at executing it. PHC's status as a promising charity was re-affirmed in GWWC's 2014 end-of-year recommendations. In September 2015, GWWC published an update on PHC's activities.
Charity evaluatorGiveWell initially contacted PHC in 2011 but PHC declined to participate in GiveWell's review process. In 2015, GiveWell resumed conversation with PHC, which was now aspiring to be a GiveWell top-rated charity. GiveWell also published conversation notes with Laura Rowe, the Chief Operating Officer, from February 19, 2015.
GiveWell published a new review in September 2016, and indicated that PHC was applying for top charity status. The review stated: "If successful, it seems plausible that micronutrient fortification programs such as those supported by PHC could be as cost-effective as our other priority programs." However, the GiveWell review highlighted the following major sources of uncertainty that had held GiveWell back from doing a formal cost-effectiveness analysis so far:
Magnitude of health benefits of micronutrient fortification
Whether foods are being fortified at appropriate levels
Attributing impact to PHC
PHC's future plans (specifically, that they might change focus in 2017)
WESTBOROUGH, MA 01581-3911 | Tax-exempt since Nov. 2004
Classification (NTEE) International Relief (International, Foreign Affairs and National Security)
Nonprofit Tax Code Designation: 501(c)(3) Defined as: Organizations for any of the following purposes: religious, educational, charitable, scientific, literary, testing for public safety, fostering national or international amateur sports competition (as long as it doesn’t provide athletic facilities or equipment), or the prevention of cruelty to children or animals.
Donations to this organization are tax deductible.