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The Knowledge Hub of the Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Consortium brings together existing knowledge, guidance, tools, and other useful resources related to women’s nutrition, maternal nutrition, and evidence-based interventions targeting women, such as prenatal Multiple Micronutrient Supplementation (MMS).

It also includes Knowledge Bytes, a series of short videos featuring experts addressing a specific topic related to maternal nutrition and MMS. Click here to watch.

The Knowledge Hub is a dynamic, publicly accessible repository. It will be expanded and further improved over time, and we ask for your help in this. Please share any resources that you believe should be included in this Knowledge Hub, and send them to [email protected].

 

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  • Global
  • Research
  • Scientific publication
PLOS MEDICINE Young et al. February 2022

Cost-effectiveness of antenatal multiple micronutrients and balanced energy protein supplemnetation compared to iron and folic acid supplementation in India, Pakistan, Mali and Tanzania: A dynamic microsimulation study

Using nationally representative estimates from the 2017 Global Burden of Disease study, this study conducted an individual-based dynamic microsimulation of population cohorts from birth to 2 years of age in India, Pakistan, Mali, and Tanzania. The effect of maternal nutritional supplementation on infant birth weight, stunting, and wasting was modeled using effect sizes from Cochrane systematic reviews and published literature. The study compared disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) and incremental cost-effectiveness ratios (ICERs) in a baseline scenario with existing antenatal iron folic acid (IFA) coverage with scenarios where 90% of antenatal care (ANC) attendees receive either universal multiple micronutrient supplementation (MMS), universal Balanced energy-protein (BEP), or MMS and targeted BEP. Results showed that MMS and targeted BEP averts more DALYs and remains cost-effective compared to universal MMS. As countries consider using MMS in alignment with recent WHO guidelines, offering targeted BEP is a cost-effective strategy that can be considered concurrently to maximize benefits and synergize program implementation.

  • East and Southern Africa
  • Implementation
  • Report
Alive & Thrive August 2022

Strengthening Maternal Nutrition within Antenatal Care in Ethiopia

Alive and Thrive (A&T) provided technical assistance to the Government of Ethiopia (GOE) to strengthen the delivery and uptake of antenatal care (ANC) services and immediate postnatal care (PNC) services while carrying out implementation research between 2019 and 2021 to better understand how to effectively integrate proven maternal nutrition interventions into Ethiopia’s existing package of maternal nutrition interventions (National Nutrition Program – NNPII). To strengthen the evidence base for maternal nutrition programs and policies, A&T developed and tested the integration of an intensive package of maternal nutrition interventions into existing ANC services delivered through government health facilities that will align with the latest global evidence and the NNPIl.

  • West and Central Africa
  • Implementation
  • Report
Alive & Thrive August 2022

Strengthening Maternal Nutrition within Antenatal Care in Burkina Faso

Since 2014, Alive & Thrive (A&T) has been working in partnership with the government of Burkina Faso to improve maternal, infant, and young child nutrition, Early on, A&T’s support focused on assisting in the scale up of the government’s infant and young child (IYCF) feeding guidance and services. In 2017, the government adopted the new maternal nutrition guidelines in response to the revised 2016 WHO ANC guidelines. In 2019, national directives were developed to deliver these guidelines. A&T worked in collaboration with the government and other partners to strengthen the package of maternal nutrition interventions for ANC and carried out implementation research to assess the feasibility and impact of integrating this package of maternal interventions into existing ANC services at primary health centers, known as Centre de Santé et de Promotion Sociale (CSPS) and into community-based health services delivered by the Agents de Santé à Base Communautaire (ASBC) community health workers. This brief shares the results of the implementation research conducted in two regions of Burkina Faso.

  • South Asia
  • Implementation
  • Report
Alive & Thrive August 2022

Strengthening Maternal Nutrition within Antenatal Care in India

Between 2017-2019, Alive and Thrive (A&T) provided technical assistance to the Government of India (GOI) to strengthen the delivery and uptake of antenatal care (ANC) services while carrying out implementation research to better understand how to effectively integrate proven maternal nutrition interventions. These efforts informed the GOl’s design of maternal nutrition program guidelines and identified a feasible package of maternal nutrition interventions-including iron and folic acid (IFA) supplementation, calcium supplementation, counseling on maternal diet, weight measurement, and counseling on breastfeeding–to incorporate into the government’s community-based ANC platform. This brief shares the results of the
implementation research conducted in Uttar Pradesh.

  • East and Southern Africa
  • Policy and policy development
  • Policy brief
Nutrition International April 2020

MMS Policy Brief Mozambique: Cost-effectiveness of transitioning from iron and folic acid to multiple micronutrient supplementation for pregnancy

This policy brief outlines the cost-effectiveness and investment case in Mozambique to transition from iron-folic acid (IFAS) to multiple micronutrient supplementation (MMS).

  • West and Central Africa
  • Policy and policy development
  • Policy brief
Nutrition International April 2020

MMS Policy Brief Liberia: Cost-effectiveness of transitioning from iron and folic acid to multiple micronutrient supplementation for pregnancy

This policy brief outlines the cost-effectiveness and investment case in Liberia to transition from iron-folic acid (IFAS) to multiple micronutrient supplementation (MMS).

  • East Asia and the Pacific
  • Policy and policy development
  • Policy brief
Nutrition International April 2020

MMS Policy Brief Laos: Cost-effectiveness of transitioning from iron and folic acid to multiple micronutrient supplementation for pregnancy

This policy brief outlines the cost-effectiveness and investment case in Laos to transition from iron-folic acid (IFAS) to multiple micronutrient supplementation (MMS).

  • West and Central Africa
  • Policy and policy development
  • Policy brief
Nutrition International October 2019

MMS Policy Brief Kenya: Cost-effectiveness of transitioning from iron and folic acid to multiple micronutrient supplementation for pregnancy

This policy brief outlines the cost-effectiveness and investment case in Kenya to transition from iron-folic acid (IFAS) to multiple micronutrient supplementation (MMS).

  • Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Policy and policy development
  • Policy brief
Nutrition International May 2020

MMS Policy Brief Haiti: Cost-effectiveness of transitioning from iron and folic acid to multiple micronutrient supplementation for pregnancy (FR)

This policy brief outlines the cost-effectiveness and investment case in Haiti to transition from iron-folic acid (IFAS) to multiple micronutrient supplementation (MMS).

  • Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Policy and policy development
  • Policy brief
Nutrition International May 2020

MMS Policy Brief Haiti: Cost-effectiveness of transitioning from iron and folic acid to multiple micronutrient supplementation for pregnancy (ENG)

This policy brief outlines the cost-effectiveness and investment case in Haiti to transition from iron-folic acid (IFAS) to multiple micronutrient supplementation (MMS).