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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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  • West and Central Africa
  • Research
  • Scientific publication
European Journal of Clinical Nutrition Kæstel et al July 2005

Effects of prenatal multimicronutrient supplements on birth weight and perinatal mortality: a randomised, controlled trial in Guinea-Bissau

A randomised, controlled, double masked trial to assess the effects of daily prenatal multimicronutrient supplementation on birth weight (BW) and perinatal mortality in Guinea-Bissau. A total of 2100 pregnant women  were recruited through antenatal clinics, of which 1670 completed the trial. The results showed that prenatal micronutrient supplementation increased BW but did not reduce perinatal mortality in this study. Multimicronutrient supplementation with two recommended dietary allowance (RDA) should be considered in future programmes to reduce the proportion of low BW.

  • South Asia
  • Research
  • Scientific publication
The Lancet Osrin et al March 2005

Effects of antenatal multiple micronutrient supplementation on birthweight and gestational duration in Nepal: double-blind, randomised controlled trial

This article details a double-blind, randomised controlled trial in Dhanusha district, Nepal. Women attending for antenatal care with singleton pregnancies at up to 20 weeks’ gestation were invited to participate. Primary outcomes were birthweight and gestational duration. Secondary outcomes included infant length and head circumference. The study was not powered to detect differences in mortality.

  • Global
  • Research
  • Scientific publication
BMC Public Health Haider et al April 2011

Effect of multiple micronutrient supplementation during pregnancy on maternal and birth outcomes

This systematic review of randomized controlled trials evaluates the evidence of the impact of multiple micronutrient supplements during pregnancy, in comparison with standard iron-folate supplements, on specific maternal and pregnancy outcomes of relevance to the Lives Saved Tool (LiST).

  • Global
  • Supply and manufacturing
  • Report
Sight and Life Special Report Spencer Kirk April 2020

Building Adoptability for Multiple Micronutrient Supplements through Affordability

Kirk Humanitarian puts forth that action must be taken now to ramp up global production while ensuring that manufacturers can produce high-quality multiple micronutrient supplements (MMS) at an affordable price. Efforts are also needed to create a strong global market for MMS based on competition among high-quality manufacturers, and to monitor the supply chain to ensure that quality is maintained, environmental impact is minimized and supplies are readily available as MMS is scaled to national coverage.

  • Global
  • Advocacy
  • Implementation
  • Policy and policy development
  • Report
Sight and Life Special Report Nicki Connell April 2020

The Role of Donors in Catalyzing Scale-up of Multiple Micronutrient Supplements

Eleanor Crook Foundation outlines where it is concentrating its philanthropic contributions for scaling up multiple micronutrients supplementation (MMS). The Eleanor Crook Foundation intends to strategically invest in three main areas to support MMS scaling: (1) implementation to enhance MMS delivery at scale in key East African countries; (2) research on demand creation for MMS using creative solutions; and (3) country-level advocacy for inclusion of MMS delivery as the antenatal standard of care in national guidelines. 

  • Global
  • Advocacy
  • Implementation
  • Policy and policy development
  • Report
Sight and Life Special Report Katharina Lichtner April 2020

Integrating MMS in the Wider Context of Improved Health and Human Capital

In this article, the author outlines the need and the opportunity for better delivery integration of the elements critical for success for the first 1,000 days. Elements include a nutritionally adequate diet, MMS, breastfeeding, complementary feeding and nurturing care, which are often separate at the policy and intervention areas.

  • Global
  • Supply and manufacturing
  • Report
Sight and Life Special Report Ajello et al April 2020

Expert Consensus on an Open-Access Product Specifcation for MMS for Pregnant Women

This article outlines the need for and the creation of an open-access MMS product specification, based on the United Nations International Multiple Micronutrient Antenatal Preparation (UNIMMAP) formulation. Open-access formulations are important for public health programs.

  • Global
  • Advocacy
  • Implementation
  • Policy and policy development
  • Report
Sight and Life Special Report Schmied and Manyuk April 2020

Creating Demand for Multiple Micronutrient Supplements (MMS)

This mini-guide to creating demand for multiple micronutrient supplementation (MMS) offers concrete steps to effectively approach public health marketing. It focuses on three main phases of developing and implementing a demand creation strategy for MMS: getting started, project implementation, and monitoring and evaluation.

  • Global
  • Supply and manufacturing
  • Report
Sight and Life Special Report Beesabathuni and van Zutphen April 2020

Procurement and Production of Multiple Micronutrient Supplements for Pregnant Women

This article outlines the development and use of the Sight and Life Multiple Micronutrient Supplements (MMS) Supply toolkit. After using the toolkit, it is expected that countries will be able to: determine whether MMS would need to be imported or
produced in the country for use in public health programs; document in-country capacity to procure ingredients and produce an MMS product that can be delivered to the end consumer or institutional buyer (e.g., Ministry of Health); provide guidance on actions needed to ensure competitive and affordable sources of an MMS supply; and assess the impact of shifting from import to local production of MMS and vice versa on countries or regions.

  • Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Implementation
  • Research
  • Case study
  • Report
Sight and Life Special Report Dacius et al April 2020

Ensuring Effective Implementation of MMS for Pregnant Women in Haiti

In this article, Vitamin Angels outlines its work with partners to explore national multiple micronutrient supplements (MMS) use in Haiti, including implementation research to inform MMS program introduction and scale-up.