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Micronutrients Deficiency: Shining a Light on Hidden Hunger


  • Micronutrient deficiencies is defined as a lack of essential vitamins and minerals required in small amounts by the body for proper growth and development.

  • In this panel discussion experts will highlight the new updates about micronutrients, the burden we are facing in Egypt as well as clinical presentations of different micronutrient deficiency and  their sources.



Date: 10-13 April 2019

Duration: 1 hour

Panel discussion moderator:

Yasmin Gamal, Lecturer of Pediatrics and Pediatric Clinical Nutrition, Ain Shams University.

Panel discussion speakers:

  • Galila Mokhtar, Professor of pediatrics and pediatric Hematology, Ain shams university.

Speaking about: (Iron)

  • What is burden of iron deficiency anemia in Egypt?
  • What are the causes and can we prevent it?
  • Approach to quick diagnosis?
  • What are recent management guidelines?
  • Hana Abo El Ghar, Professor of Pediatrics Cairo University, Head of Clinical Nutrition Unit.

Speaking about: (Zinc)

  1. Burden of disease in Egypt?
  2. Clinical manifestations of deficiency
  3. Is there a relation between stunting and deficiency?
  4. Do we need routine supplementation in Egypt?


  • Afaf Abd El Fatah Head of National Nutrition Institute

Speaking about: (Vitamin A)

  • Burden of vitamin A deficiency?
  • When should we suspect?
  • Clinical signs and symptoms of deficiency?
  • Mega dose supplementation does it work?
  • Concerns of overdose?
  • Is the diet enough?
  • May Nassar, Professor of Pediatrics and Pediatric Clinical Nutrition, Ain Shams University.

Speaking about: (Vitamin D)

  1. What is real burden of vitamin D deficiency in Egypt?
  2. When to screen for vitamin D deficiency?
  3. Appropriate prevention?
  4. Appropriate supplementation?
  5. Current formulation what is the best form?
  • Osama El Asheer, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Head of Pediatric Clinical Nutrition Unit, Assiut University.

Speaking about: (Iodine)

  • Situation in Egypt?
  • Signs and symptoms of deficiency?
  • Do we have proper fortification?
  • What are sources in diet and are they enough?