13 December 2022 – HMHB was thrilled to end the year with a successful session on the theme “Powering Mothers through Multiple Micronutrient Supplementation (MMS)” at this year’s 22nd International Union of Nutritional Sciences – International Congress of Nutrition (IUNS-ICN) conference held in Tokyo, Japan. This was the first opportunity for many consortium members to meet face-to-face.
HMHB hosted a session on Wednesday, 7 December 2022 from 09:00-10:30 AM JST titled ‘Micronutrients across a woman’s life course’ as part of Track 3: Nutrition through the Life Course. Global experts came together to highlight the importance of micronutrients through the life course of a woman from pre-conception to pregnancy and lactation and shared the latest evidence and experiences on the impact and implementation of MMS as an intervention to improve women and maternal nutrition. The session was attended by more than 140 delegates who were also given an opportunity to ask questions or make comments during the open plenary. The session received very positive feedback from the conference organizers, speakers, and attendees.
HMHB also participated in another MMS-related session on 8 December – “Introducing and Scaling Multiple Micronutrient Supplementation for Improved Maternal Nutrition”, a session sponsored by Kirk Humanitarian, and co-hosted by the HMHB Consortium, Vitamin Angels Alliance, Helen Keller International, Sight & Life, Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), and Jphiego.
HMHB witnessed a growing momentum for MMS and maternal nutrition, judging from the level of engagement of the conference attendees during the MMS-related sessions, and the subsequent demand for action and scale-up of MMS interventions worldwide by many people.