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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).

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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Top policy briefs and guides for advocating for maternal nutrition and MMS.

FAQ and Advocacy Brief on MMS in WHO’s EML

IFAS to MMS and Policy Briefs

 

Knowledge Bytes

A series of short videos featuring experts addressing a specific topic related to maternal nutrition and MMS.

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  • Global
  • Research
  • Guidance document
Amy Pollack May 2022

Knowledge Byte 15: Critical Role of Nutrition in the Wellbeing of Mothers and Children

This Knowledge byte is about the critical role of nutrition plays in the wellbeing of mothers and children.

  • East and Southern Africa
  • South Asia
  • West and Central Africa
  • Research
  • Case study
Nita Dalmiya March 2022

Knowledge Byte 14: Implementation Research on MMS in Four Countries

This presentation is on the implementation research to enhance the introduction and effectiveness of multiple micronutrient supplements (MMS) in four countries – Burkina Faso, Bangladesh, Tanzania, and Madagascar by UNICEF.

  • Global
  • Research
  • Guidance document
Dr. Parul Christian March 2022

Knowledge Byte 13: The Evidence on Maternal Nutrition and MMS

This presentation is on the latest evidence on maternal nutrition and multiple micronutrient supplements.

  • Global
  • Advocacy
  • Policy and policy development
  • Guidance document
Rommel V. Fuerte March 2022

Knowledge Byte 12: Inclusion of MMS in WHO’s EML and Country Implications

This presentation is on the country implications of including multiple micronutrient supplements (MMS) in WHO’s Essential Medicines List.

Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences Gomes et al. February 2022

Multiple micronutrient supplements versus iron-folic acid supplements and maternal anemia outcomes: an iron dose analysis

Analyzing data from 11 trials from a recent Cochrane review, this study compared MMS to IFA, delivering either 30 or 60 mg of iron, in sustaining hemoglobin and preventing third-trimester anemia and iron deficiency anemia (IDA), accounting for daily iron dose, total supplemental iron intake, and baseline prevalence of anemia. There were no differences between MMS and IFA in third-trimester hemoglobin concentration or risks of anemia or IDA by iron dose or total supplemental iron consumed. Results showed that compared to IFA, MMS results in comparable hemoglobin concentration and protection against anemia during pregnancy, independently of iron dose.

  • Global
  • Implementation
  • Guidance document
UNICEF Dalmiya et al. January 2022

Maternal Nutrition: Prevention of malnutrition in women before and during pregnancy and while breastfeeding

This document aims to provide UNICEF country teams and their partners with guidance to design, implement and monitor evidence-based programmes to improve the nutrition of women before and during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. The guidance supports UNICEF’s vision for improving the diets, services and practices of women as described in the UNICEF Nutrition Strategy 2020–2030. Specifically, this guidance supports the implementation of Results Area 3 on the prevention of all forms of malnutrition in women across the life course. 

  • Global
  • Implementation
  • Guidance document
UNICEF Torlesse et al. January 2022

Counselling to Improve Maternal Nutrition: Considerations for programmingwith quality, equity and scale

This programme brief describes a set of approaches to strengthen maternal nutrition counselling. This begins with an understanding of the context, including the barriers and enablers to maternal nutrition counselling services and the adoption of optimal nutrition practices. It then outlines approaches to improve the enabling environment for maternal nutrition counselling; key considerations for the design of counselling services; strategies for strengthening service delivery platforms and building the capacity of health workers and community health workers; complementary actions to improve women’s access to dietary supplements and nutritious and affordable diets; strategies for delivering maternal nutrition counselling services in humanitarian contexts; and approaches to monitoring maternal nutrition counselling services.

  • Global
  • Policy and policy development
  • Guidance document
ENN James et al. January 2022

Women’s nutrition: A summary of evidence, policy and practice including adolescent and maternal life stages

In 2013, ENN published a technical background paper summarizing the evidence on maternal nutrition and identifying knowledge gaps in addressing maternal undernutrition in emergency settings. Now, ENN has written an updated paper covering women’s nutrition more broadly, including a summary of the current evidence base, international guidance, and programming being implemented in both development and humanitarian settings.

  • West and Central Africa
  • Implementation
  • Report
Pennsylvania State University, Sight & Life and UNICEF Dr. Césaire T. Ouédraogo December 2020

Formative Research for the Introduction of Multi-Micronutrient Supplements in Burkina Faso – FRENCH

This formative research study was carried out to understand community perspectives towards maternal and child nutrition health and illness and generate demand for MMS through tailored programming and social marketing.

  • West and Central Africa
  • Implementation
  • Report
Pennsylvania State University, Sight & Life and UNICEF Dr. Césaire T. Ouédraogo December 2020

Formative Research for the Introduction of Multi-Micronutrient Supplements in Burkina Faso – ENGLISH

This formative research study was carried out to understand community perspectives towards maternal and child nutrition health and illness and generate demand for MMS through tailored programming and social marketing.