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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].

Knowledge Bytes

In an effort to make accurate information on multiple micronutrient supplementation (MMS) during pregnancy more accessible to a larger audience, a special series of short videos called ‘Knowledge Bytes’ are presented here. Each short video features a global expert who addresses and explains a specific question related to MMS such as the WHO recommendations on MMS in the context of COVID 19, the science behind MMS, UNIMMAP Open-Access Specification for MMS.

Watch this space for Knowledge Bytes in the coming weeks to learn more about MMS.

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  • Advocacy
  • Policy and policy development
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Sight and Life Special Report Bergeron and Bourassa April 2020

Reviewing the Evidence and Promoting the Adoption of Multiple Micronutrient Supplements

Evidence outlined in this paper shows that multiple micronutrient supplements (MMS) are a highly cost-effective way to prevent many adverse antenatal and perinatal outcomes. The article also describes the work of the MMS Technical Advisory Group (MMS-TAG) including: the establishment of a communications hub to advise and document global program implementation; the production of generic technical reference materials that could be adapted to the context of adopting countries; and the provision of technical support when needed to address issues that emerge.

  • Global
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Sight and Life Special Report Busch-Hallen et al April 2020

Multiple Micronutrient Supplementation Cost-Beneft Tool to Guide Decision-Making

This article describes development and use of the Nutrition International’s multiple micronutrient supplementation (MMS) Cost-Benefit Tool. MMS Cost-Benefit Tool is an open access, user-friendly, online analytical tool that supports governments’ use of country-specific data in their decision-making on whether investing in antenatal MMS rather than iron folic acid (IFA) is better value for money.

  • South Asia
  • Implementation
  • Policy and policy development
  • Research
  • Supply and manufacturing
  • Case study
Sight and Life Special Report Askari and Gibson April 2020

One MMS a Day and a Healthy Baby is on the Way: Building a market-based approach in Bangladesh

This article describes the work of a CIFF-led consortium of stakeholders working to sustainably shape the market for affordable and accessible multiple micronutrient supplements (MMS) in Bangladesh. It documents the transformative proposition of a market-based model to get high-quality multiple micronutrient supplements to pregnant women in Bangladesh at the right price, with effective promotion and the correct place or channel of distribution, while
creating the right policy environment.

  • East and Southern Africa
  • Advocacy
  • Implementation
  • Policy and policy development
  • Supply and manufacturing
  • Case study
Sight and Life Special Report Bajoria et al April 2020

The Case for Reintroducing Multiple Micronutrient Supplements in South Africa’s Essential Medicines List

This article provides an overview of the policy hurdles for multiple micronutrient supplements (MMS) in South Africa; addresses the knowledge gap around the evidence base by taking the birth outcomes and cost-effectiveness of MMS from two recent scientific reviews, and applying it to the South African context; addresses the knowledge gap around programmatic aspects of MMS and synthesizes learnings from provinces to establish a transition back to MMS; and  presents recommendations and strategies for the reintroduction of MMS into the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Essential Medicines List (EML).

  • East Asia and the Pacific
  • Implementation
  • Research
  • Supply and manufacturing
  • Case study
Sight and Life Special Report Permatasari et al April 2020

Better Quality for Better Impact: Optimized packaging and appearance of maternal multiple micronutrient supplements for pregnant women in Indonesia

The SUMMIT Institute in Indonesia designed a survey and information platform comprising proctored web surveys, SMS and chatbots, and conducted a national survey of preferences concerning multiple micronutrient supplements (MMS) packaging type and supplement count per package. In this article, data from 407 respondents are reported, who articulated their preferences with Likert-scale ratings for either bottle or blister packs, and for a supplement count of either 30 or 180 per package.  

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  • Policy and policy development
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  • Supply and manufacturing
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Sight and Life Special Report April 2020

Sight and Life Special Report: Focusing on MMS

This Sight and Life Special Report: Focusing on MMS, compiles and curates the latest evidence, experience from the field and resources for scale-up. It aims to serve as an important resource for decision-makers and implementers, thereby driving the introduction and adoption of multiple micronutrient supplements (MMS). Articles in the report touch on reviewing the evidence, implementation, advocacy for MMS, access to supply.