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HMHB’s commitment to advocacy is based on the premise that knowledge without action is insufficient and that policy-relevant evidence and expertise are critical to driving evidence-based policies and impactful activities.

Today, HMHB is working on the front lines of translating research and curating knowledge to promote evidence-based advocacy agendas that help inform and engage national decision-makersfunders, and implementors. The Consortium aims to increase awareness of maternal nutrition and multiple micronutrient supplementation (MMS) within the larger context of women’s nutrition and equity.


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


Thus, HMHB’s advocacy efforts are directed towards increasing investments and triggering policy change to adopt and scale maternal nutrition interventions, specifically MMS and reach mothers across low-and middle-income countries (LMICs) and other poor resource settings who have inadequate access to nutrient-rich diets.

A Major Milestone

In 2021 the World Health Organization decided to include MMS on the WHO Essential Medicine Listfollowing a joint evidence-based submission by the Micronutrient Forum and the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS) in 2020.

HMHB and the MMS-Technical Advisory Group have developed an Advocacy Brief and Frequently Asked Questions document (FAQ) to support nutrition and public health professionals to advocate for the inclusion of MMS in national EMLs.

Historically, collective efforts within the global development sector have been directed largely to child nutrition. The Nutrition Year of Action 2021 offered an opportunity to drive new nutrition commitments and investments, specifically targeting women and mothers, and highlight MMS as one of the most cost-effective interventions in global development leading to enormous human capital gains.

The HMHB Consortium’s advocacy-related efforts include:

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