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Advocacy Toolkit for MMS

Scaling up programs that deliver multiple micronutrient supplements (MMS) to vulnerable mothers is an urgent priority. This requires an efficient supply chain system, building awareness of the health benefits of MMS among mothers and communities, and increasing the availability of and adherence to MMS. 

Improving maternal nutrition status is foundational for healthy and strong families, communities, and economically self-reliant countries.  

National governments and their development partners need the correct information, tools, and MMS-relevant policies necessary to adopt and scale MMS as well as the financing to support maternal health programs that include MMS at the country level. In response to this, the HMHB Consortium has developed an Advocacy Toolkit for MMS. 

About the Toolkit

The toolkit has been developed for advocates and public health professionals, national health officials & partners in NGOs, research, academia, program implementors, as well as local providers and distributors.  It consists of five components to support national stakeholders: an adaptable slide deckan advocacy brief, a frequently asked questions brief, an HMHB Consortium factsheet, and short, unique, five-minute films that lift up women’s voices in different global contexts. 

HMHB aims to facilitate in-country dialogues that will support policy alignment and consensus.  The resources are meant to guide and assist national partners in advocating for the prioritization of maternal nutrition, more significant investment in nutrition interventions including MMS, and adoption and scale-up of MMS at the national level. The toolkit summarizes evidence on pregnancy and nutrition, the scale and scope of maternal malnutrition, research on MMS, national investment case, steps for introducing and scaling MMS, and finally, a case study performed in Indonesia.  It will soon be available in French, Spanish, and Arabic.

Adaptable MMS Advocacy Slide Deck

These adaptable slides are a resource for anyone wanting to communicate the evidence and benefits of MMS for pregnant women and their babies. They contain key messages that can be delivered to decision-makers or to those considering piloting, scaling, and implementing MMS. It is divided into five modules.

Advocacy Toolkit for MMS 

  1. Complete slide deck – English
  2. Module A: Pregnancy and Nutrition – English
  3. Module B: Global scope of maternal malnutrition- English
  4. Module C – Evidence on MMS – English
  5. Module D – National Impact and Investment Case – English
  6. Module E – Introducing and Scaling MMS and Case Study on Indonesia – English

MMS Advocacy Brief

This Advocacy Brief is meant to equip champions and decision-makers to advocate for safe, affordable, and cost-effective nutrition interventions, particularly multiple micronutrient supplementation (MMS) to improve maternal health.

Advocacy Brief – English

FAQ Brief on MMS

This FAQ brief addresses frequently asked questions on multiple micronutrient supplements (MMS) such as the need, benefits, composition, and guidance on MMS.

FAQ brief – English 

Advocacy Brief and FAQ on Inclusion of MMS in WHO's EML

This Advocacy Brief and FAQ document answers questions related to the inclusion of MMS in WHO’s Essential Medicines List to support national advocacy efforts.

Advocacy Brief and FAQ – English

HMHB Fact Sheet

This fact sheet provides a complete introduction to the Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Consortium (HMHB) – its origin, activities, and future direction.

HMHB fact sheet – English 

Women's Voices Films

HMHB has introduced a series of short films that lifts up women’s voices in different global contexts. These unique five-minute stories provide an up-close view into the lives of mothers during pregnancy and also show the commitment of community health workers who support them – all told in their own words. The films highlight both the challenges and the opportunities to improve micronutrient intake and the nutritional well-being of mothers globally.

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Poor maternal nutrition during pregnancy leads to widespread micronutrient deficiencies with significant consequences for both mother and child.

MMS offers an opportunity to improve maternal nutrition and reduce adverse health and economic outcomes in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC) and other poor resource settings.

The Advocacy Toolkit for MMS equips national actors to introduce and scale up MMS at their country level.

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