DSM N.V. : DSM and Republic of Tatarstan sign MOU for fortified nutrition
Royal DSM, the global Life Sciences and Materials Sciences company, announces
today that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for a strategic
partnership with the Ministry of Health Care of the Republic of Tatarstan with
the aim of modernizing the Republic's public health sector through fortified
nutrition. The MOU was signed today in Amsterdam (Netherlands) in the presence
of President Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation and Prime Minister Mark
Rutte of the Netherlands.
Under the terms of the MOU, DSM and the Ministry of Health Care of the
Republic of Tatarstan will implement a study for the provision of vitamins to
patients (children and adults) admitted for treatment to in-patient hospitals
to measure the effectiveness of a specially developed vitamin and mineral
complex. Following a positive outcome, the objective is to start adding
vitamins/minerals when providing in-patient medical care in hospitals in the
Republic of Tatarstan.
The strategic partnership between DSM and the Republic of Tatarstan has been
developed within the framework of cooperation between the Russian Federation
and the Netherlands. The Russian Federation's Healthy Nutrition strategy for
2020 aims at preserving and strengthening public health and preventing of
nutrition related diseases. It has been concluded that based on the current
demographic situation in the Russian Federation, a change in nutrition
patterns is needed to increase the life expectancy of the Russian population.
Rustam Minnikhanov, President of the Republic of Tatarstan, said: "On behalf
of the Republic of Tatarstan I fully support DSM in its efforts to further
develop its successful cooperation that started in 2010 in Naberezhnye Chelny
with the production of animal nutrition. Full and regular supply of the body
with vitamins, minerals and trace elements is one of the key factors in
maintaining health. This joint project of DSM, the Institute of Nutrition and
the Ministry of Health will enable the introduction of preventive
fortification as a standard provision of medical assistance in the hospitals
of the Republic."
Feike Sijbesma, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the DSM Managing
Board, said: "As the world's largest producer of micronutrients, DSM has the
expertise and resources needed to support an effective governmental food
fortification program. An insufficient vitamin A intake can have a negative
effect on the efficiency of hospital treatment, but also lowers patients'
resistance. I am proud that we will work with the Ministry of Health Care in
Tatarstan to begin to reduce vitamin deficiencies and subsequently increase
life expectancy and I hope we will be able to expand this initiative to other
regions of the Russian Federation."
For DSM, Russia is one of the High Growth Economies the company is focusing on
in executing its strategy DSM in motion: driving focused growth. DSM's main
business areas in Russia are food and feed ingredients, pharmaceutical
intermediate products, biotechnology, UHMWPE-based materials, resins and
engineering plastics. Through its business activities, DSM meets the needs and
trends in the Russian Federation. In 2012, DSM celebrated 20 years of presence
In 2010 DSM started a joint venture in Tatarstan to contribute to Russia's
goal of reaching a higher self-sufficiency in animal protein production and
supply by securing better animal nutrition. In 2011 DSM entered into a
long-term partnership in the area of engineering plastics with JSC
KuibyshevAzot in Tolyatti (Samara Region) in order to supply locally produced
products to the automotive and electrical & electronics industries.
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