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Advocacy

The HMHB Consortium aims to increase awareness of maternal nutrition and multiple micronutrient supplementation (MMS) within the larger context of women’s nutrition and equity. HMHB’s advocacy efforts are directed towards increasing investments and triggering policy change to adopt and scale maternal nutrition interventions, specifically MMS, by providing critical evidence-based resources and amplifying women’s voices.

 

MMS is one of the most cost–effective, impactful investments available today to improve maternal nutrition and birth outcomes.

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:

ADVOCACY TOOLKIT FOR NATIONAL ACTORS

HMHB has developed a toolkit of resources to advance MMS at the country level. These resources are meant to guide and assist national actors to advocate for the prioritization of maternal nutrition, greater investment in nutrition interventions such as MMS, and adoption and scale-up of MMS at the national level.

MMS Advocacy Slide Deck

These 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. Module A focuses on pregnancy and nutrition, Module B on the global scope of maternal malnutrition, Module C on the evidence on MMS, Module D on national impact and investment case, and Module E on introducing and scaling MMS.

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.

FAQs on MMS

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

HMHB Fact Sheet

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

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.

Women's Voices Films

These short films depict stories of women from Ethiopia, Mumbai and Aurangabad, India and their challenges in meeting their nutrition and health needs during pregnancy.