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South Africa

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Outline of South Africa

Initial implementation supported by implementation research

South Africa was one of the first countries to provide MMS to all pregnant and lactating women between 2010 and 2016. Removal from the national essential medicines list led to the discontinuation of provision. Since 2018, Vitamin Angels and other nutrition partners distribute MMS in 6 provinces and advocate for a restart of this program. Sight and Life carried out a supply readiness assessment in 2015 and a policy and programmatic review of MMS in 2019. It will set up local production and market-based model by 2025.

  • Regions (Provinces/Districts): 6 states
  • Start Date: 2010
  • End Date: ongoing

National partners

17 program partner organizations are supporting MMS-related activities.