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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).

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