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The Knowledge Hub of the Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Consortium brings together existing knowledge, guidance and tools and other useful resources related to women 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 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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HMHB Consortium July 2021

Women’s Nutrition Commitment-making Guide for the U.N. FSS 2021 – SPANISH

As a global community, we have a unique opportunity to elevate women – their voices, their empowerment, and their nutrition – within global and national efforts taking place in preparations towards and beyond the U.N. Food Systems Summit. This Guide details narratives, opportunities, and information on Summit architecture that to draw from towards advocacy efforts.

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  • Guidance document
HMHB Consortium July 2021

Women’s Nutrition Commitment-making Guide for the U.N. FSS 2021 – FRENCH

As a global community, we have a unique opportunity to elevate women – their voices, their empowerment, and their nutrition – within global and national efforts taking place in preparations towards and beyond the U.N. Food Systems Summit. This Guide details narratives, opportunities, and information on Summit architecture that to draw from towards advocacy efforts.

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  • Policy and policy development
  • Guidance document
HMHB Consortium June 2021

Women’s Nutrition Commitment-making Guide for the U.N. FSS 2021 – ENGLISH

As a global community, we have a unique opportunity to elevate women – their voices, their empowerment, and their nutrition – within global and national efforts taking place in preparations towards and beyond the U.N. Food Systems Summit. This Guide details narratives, opportunities, and information on Summit architecture that to draw from towards advocacy efforts.

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  • Policy and policy development
  • Guidance document
HMHB Consortium June 2021

Maternal Nutrition and MMS Nutrition for Growth Commitment-making Guide in SPANISH

In December 2021, under the auspices of the Olympic Games, the Nutrition For Growth Summit (N4G) will take place. This high-level event, hosted by the Government of Japan, will celebrate the N4G commitments made throughout the year and announce final financial and policy commitments, looking ahead to 2030. The Summit outcomes will be enshrined in the 2021 Compact designed to accelerate the achievement of the objectives of the U.N. Decade of Action on Nutrition and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). On March 31, 2021, Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Consortium (HMHB) hosted a workshop webinar to help create an advocacy agenda for multiple micronutrient supplementation (MMS) and maternal nutrition, including engagement and joint action with the maternal health sector, and commitments for MMS at N4G. Following this workshop, using inputs from participants, HMHB produced an N4G Commitment Guide to support the sector in getting more engaged in the event. This guide will help MMS stakeholders in planning for policy, program, and financial commitments for MMS at N4G. This document will be updated regularly.

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  • Policy and policy development
  • Guidance document
HMHB Consortium June 2021

Maternal Nutrition and MMS Nutrition for Growth Commitment-making Guide in FRENCH

In December 2021, under the auspices of the Olympic Games, the Nutrition For Growth Summit (N4G) will take place. This high-level event, hosted by the Government of Japan, will celebrate the N4G commitments made throughout the year and announce final financial and policy commitments, looking ahead to 2030. The Summit outcomes will be enshrined in the 2021 Compact designed to accelerate the achievement of the objectives of the U.N. Decade of Action on Nutrition and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). On March 31, 2021, Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Consortium (HMHB) hosted a workshop webinar to help create an advocacy agenda for multiple micronutrient supplementation (MMS) and maternal nutrition, including engagement and joint action with the maternal health sector, and commitments for MMS at N4G. Following this workshop, using inputs from participants, HMHB produced an N4G Commitment Guide to support the sector in getting more engaged in the event. This guide will help MMS stakeholders in planning for policy, program, and financial commitments for MMS at N4G. This document will be updated regularly.

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  • Policy and policy development
  • Guidance document
HMHB Consortium April 2021

Maternal Nutrition and MMS Nutrition for Growth Commitment-making Guide in ENGLISH

In December 2021, under the auspices of the Olympic Games, the Nutrition For Growth Summit (N4G) will take place. This high-level event, hosted by the Government of Japan, will celebrate the N4G commitments made throughout the year and announce final financial and policy commitments, looking ahead to 2030. The Summit outcomes will be enshrined in the 2021 Compact designed to accelerate the achievement of the objectives of the U.N. Decade of Action on Nutrition and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). On March 31, 2021, Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Consortium (HMHB) hosted a workshop webinar to help create an advocacy agenda for multiple micronutrient supplementation (MMS) and maternal nutrition, including engagement and joint action with the maternal health sector, and commitments for MMS at N4G. Following this workshop, using inputs from participants, HMHB produced an N4G Commitment Guide to support the sector in getting more engaged in the event. This guide will help MMS stakeholders in planning for policy, program, and financial commitments for MMS at N4G. This document will be updated regularly.

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American Journal of Clinical Nutrition Lindsay Allen January 2005

Multiple micronutrients in pregnancy and lactation: an overview

This overview of multiple micronutrients during pregnancy and lactation emphasizes two relatively neglected issues. The first is that maternal micronutrient status in the periconceptional period, and throughout pregnancy and lactation, should be viewed as a continuum. The second issue is that multiple micronutrient deficiencies occur simultaneously when diets are poor during pregnancy and lactation, resulting in poor maternal, newborn and infant health outcomes. While the optimal mode of meeting recommended micronutrient intakes is an adequate diet, in some situations supplementation is also important. There is a need for information on the optimal formulation of micronutrient supplements for pregnant women, and the need to recognize the continuation of these supplements during lactation.

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Cochrane Library Abe et al February 2016

Supplementation with multiple micronutrients for breastfeeding women for improving outcomes for the mother and baby (Review)

This review evaluates the effects of multiple‐micronutrient supplementation (MMS) in breastfeeding mothers on maternal and infant health outcomes. This study found no evidence to quantitatively assess the effectiveness of MMS in improving health outcomes in mother and baby. The results of this review were limited by the small numbers of studies available, small sample sizes and the studies not reporting on the outcomes of interest in this review. There was no evidence to evaluate potential adverse effects of MMS, particularly excess dosages.

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  • Policy brief
Nutrition International May 2021

A tool to aid decision-making transitioning from IFAS to MMS and Policy Briefs

This tool, developed by Nutrition International, aims to aid countries’ decision-making. It uses a rigorous methodology to calculate the incremental benefits and costs of transitioning from iron folic acid supplementation (IFAS) to multiple micronutrient supplementation (MMS) in various countries. Users can construct and test different scenarios by updating the assumptions within the tool or running a Custom Analysis. Up to eight health outcomes are included in the analysis, and aggregated using disability-adjusted life years (DALYs). Further, Policy Briefs are available for the countries listed on the map. These documents summarize the results of the analysis and are designed for policymakers to answer the question “is antenatal MMS better value for money than IFAS?”

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  • Report
Results for Development Abigail Conrad May 2021

Elevating mothers’ and women’s nutrition

This blog examines the evidence that there is substantial intra household inequality that affects women’s diets and nutrition, and that women’s undernutrition is not solely due to impoverishment. It highlights that food, education, and health systems often do not sufficiently support healthy diets, which contributes to the prevalence of maternal overweight and obesity. it concludes that while further research is needed to understand the dynamics between food practices, gender norms, and intrahousehold power relations in other contexts, it is clear that girls’ and women’s nutrition is negatively impacted by socio-economic inequality.