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Announcing ‘Knowledge Bytes’ on Maternal Nutrition and MMS

27 Sep 2021 – In an effort to make accurate information on maternal nutrition and multiple micronutrient supplementation (MMS) more accessible to a larger audience, the Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies (HMHB) Consortium will release a special series of short videos called ‘Knowledge Bytes’ in the months of October and November. Each short video will feature a global expert who will address and explain a specific question related to MMS such as the WHO recommendations on MMS in the context of COVID 19, the science behind MMS, UNIMMAP Open-Access Specification for MMS.

WATCH the Knowledge Bytes on the Knowledge Hub

Topics & Speakers

The following topics will be covered by global experts in the field of maternal nutrition and MMS.

1. Topic: The Science Behind Maternal Nutrition & MMS

Dr. Rebecca A. Heidkamp
Associate Scientist, International Health
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD, USA

Dr. Emily R. Smith
Associate Professor, Milken Institute, School of Public Health, George Washington University, D.C., USA.

2. Topic: Scientific Evidence on MMS

Expert: Dr. Robert E. Black
Director, Institute for International Programs
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD, USA

3. Topic: WHO recommendations on MMS in the context of COVID-19

Expert: Nita Dalmiya,
Nutrition Specialist, Maternal Nutrition

4. Topic: UNIMMAP Open Access specifications


Dr. John B. Atwater
Principal Consultant
Ataqua Regulatory Services

Dr. Clayton A. Ajello
Senior Technical Advisor, Vitamin Angels Alliance
HMHB Steering Committee Member

5. Topic: MMS Supply Readiness Assessment Tool

Expert: Kalpana Beesabathuni,
Global Lead- Technology and Entrepreneurship,
Sight and Life

6. Topic: Cost-Benefit Toolkit for MMS


Dr. Jennifer Busch-Hallen
Senior Technical Advisor, Maternal Neonatal Health & Nutrition
Nutrition International

7. Topic: Country Experiences from Haiti:  MMS Blended Approach


Dr. Minaud Dacius
Haiti Program Manager,
Vitamin Angels

Dr. Joseline Marhone-Pierre
Nutrition Specialist, Food Nutrition Director MSPP,
SUN Focal Point, Haiti
Iodine Global Network (IGN) Representative, Haiti

8. Topic: Country Experience from Bangladesh: Market Based Approach

Expert: Md. Toslim Uddin Khan,
Deputy Managing Director,
Social Marketing Company, Bangladesh

9. Topic: Country Experience from Tanzania


Sauli Epimack John
Tanzania Food and Nutrition Centre

Adam Hancy
Research Officer
Tanzania Food and Nutrition Centre

10. Topic: MMS Social Marketing Toolkit


Dr. Stephen Kodish
Assistant Professor of Biobehavioral Health and Nutritional Sciences
Ann Atherton Hertzler Early Career Professorship in Nutrition
College of Health and Human Development,
Pennsylvania State University

11. Topic: Open Smart Register Platform & MMS


Dr. Anuraj H. Shankar
Research Fellow, Nuffield Department of Medicine, University of Oxford
Eijkman- Oxford Clinical Research Unit in Jakarta, Indonesia

Watch the Knowledge Bytes and Share With Others

These Knowledge Bytes will be widely disseminated through HMHB’s social media channels on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram. They will be available for viewing in the Knowledge Hub. For questions, please email [email protected].

To share with others, download the flyer social media graphics here for Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram.

These short videos have been extracted from the HMHB Launch Webinar held on 10th March 2021 and two sessions sponsored by Kirk Humanitarian and organized by Sight and Life from the CONNECTED Conference organized in November 2020 by the Micronutrient Forum. Session 1, called Creating A Healthier Future: National Perspectives on the MMS Evidence Base and Policy Landscape can be viewed here and Session 2, called  What’s Next for the MMS Movement: Tools for Implementing and Coordinating Action on MMS Programming can be viewed here.