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Coffee and Chai Chat: Launch of the Advocacy Toolkit for MMS

11 July 2022 – In the next Coffee and Chai Chat on 12 July 2022 at 9 AM EDT| 3 PM CET | 6:30 PM IST, HMHB will launch the newly developed Advocacy Toolkit on multiple micronutrient supplementation (MMS) for national actors.



This 30-minute live session will feature Dr. Tanuja Rastogi, Director of Advocacy and Communications, Micronutrient Forum, who will talk about the importance of advocacy in the maternal health field, and Dr. Martin Mwangi, Program Lead, HMHB, in conversation with Ouassa Sanogo, Deputy Country Director, Helen Keller International, Mali, who will introduce the Advocacy Toolkit. This chat will provide the chance to ask LIVE questions about the Advocacy Toolkit for more detailed responses and engagement than a normal webinar.

The HMHB MMS Advocacy Toolkit has been created to support the introduction and scaling of MMS at the country level. It includes an 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. It also includes an Advocacy Brief that 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, an FAQ brief that addresses frequently asked questions on multiple micronutrient supplements (MMS) such as the need, benefits, composition, and guidance on MMS and a fact sheet that provides a complete introduction to the Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Consortium (HMHB) – its origin, activities, and future direction.

This toolkit will be available to national actors to help support their advocacy efforts.