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Maternal Nutrition and MMS

Maternal nutrition is the foundation for strong families, communities and countries

Around the world, many women lack access to nutritious diets and health care services, resulting in unacceptable levels of malnutrition.

The consequences of maternal malnutrition are severe:

  • Malnourished women with severe anemia are twice as likely to die during pregnancy
  • Children born to malnourished women are more likely to be born too small, too soon, or stillborn
  • Children born to malnourished women who survive infancy are more likely to experience physical and cognitive setbacks that can keep them from reaching their full potential

Improved maternal nutrition can help ensure that women have healthy pregnancies and their children are born healthy. In many cases, malnourished women also don’t have access to adequate antenatal care. Antenatal care platforms must be strengthened to deliver the best services and improve maternal nutrition and health.



Globally more than 240 million women of reproductive age in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) are underweight.

613 million women are anemic, and an estimated 450 million are stunted, a sign of chronic undernutrition.

An alarmingly high rate of women of reproductive age in LMICs are deficient in other key micronutrients:

  • 63% of women are vitamin D deficient
  • 41% are zinc-deficient
  • 40% are iodine-deficient

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