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Addressing micronutrient deficiencies amongst women and girls in humanitarian or emergency contexts

This policy brief highlights the disproportionate impact of humanitarian crises on women and girls, particularly their nutrition status, which has potential consequences for future generations as antenatal, postnatal, and obstetric care services are disrupted. The brief recommends that critical interventions to address micronutrient deficiencies (MND) of women and girls such as multiple micronutrient supplementation (MMS) be made available and added to the package of health and social protection systems, and MMS be added to national essential medicines lists. To effectively address MNDs in humanitarian emergencies, this policy brief calls for global stakeholders and national governments to improve micronutrient data collection, develop, and strengthen national protocols/guidelines, and increase coordination and funding for MMS programming in humanitarian contexts.

HMHB March 2023
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