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Outline of Nepal

Exploration phase to build an MMS enabling environment

The Ministry of Health and Population is working with a coalition of technical partners and NGOs to explore the introduction of MMS in Nepal. In 2022, Helen Keller International, with support from Vitamin Angels, conducted a landscape analysis to better understand the context for introducing and implementing an MMS program in the country. Based on the findings and recommendations, there is consensus to (i) form an MMS technical working committee to guide the technical discussions related to MMS programming in Nepal, (ii) conduct implementation research to assess the acceptability and adherence of MMS to inform implementation and scale-up, (iii) undertake advocacy with the Ministry of Health and Population and Department of Drug Administration to enlist MMS in the national essential medicine list, and (iv) conduct a supply context assessment to assess the capacity and cost of local manufacturing and related production, transportation, and delivery costs for a supply of MMS.