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June 26, 2007

New Ashoka fellow, Dr. Stan Zlotkin

(June 26) Dr. Stanley Zlotkin, head of the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, and senior scientist at the Research Institute, was recently elected an international fellow of Ashoka, a global association that identifies and supports the world’s leading social entrepreneurs. Three others were elected as well: Dr. Gilles Julien, a pediatrician from Quebec, Sidney Ribaux of Montreal and Jessica Clogg of British Columbia. The four were honoured at a special ceremony on June 6 for their innovative solutions to social problems.

“Being associated with the likes of Muhammad Yunus, an Ashoka fellow and recent winner of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for his work on microfinance to fight poverty, is a great honour for me,” says Zlotkin.

Once elected, fellows benefit from being part of the Ashoka fellowship for life, which includes financial support and an array of professional services, primarily through three strategic partnerships with McKinsey and Company, Hill & Knowlton and the International Senior Lawyers Project. Ashoka will provide close to $1 million in funding for these four fellows over the course of the coming year.

Zlotkin was elected for his development of Sprinkles, a unique product to control vitamin and mineral deficiencies specifically among infants and young children. Sprinkles are sachets (like small packets of sugar) containing a blend of micronutrients in powder form, which are easily sprinkled onto foods prepared in the home. Any homemade food can be instantly fortified by adding Sprinkles. Coating of the iron prevents changes to the taste, color or texture of the food to which Sprinkles are added.

Where Sprinkles are used, the number of children with iron deficiency and anemia may fall by as much as 90 per cent. Zlotkin’s team expects to reach over three million child beneficiaries from 18 countries by the end of 2007.

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