Sight and Life aim to scale-up Multiple Micronutrient Supplementation (MMS) interventions for at-risk population groups to reduce nutritional deficiencies in pregnancy which lead to decreased low birth weight and other adverse outcomes.
Micronutrient deficiencies are common among women in low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs), mainly due to inadequate dietary intake and limited diversity of fruits, vegetables, animal-source foods, and fortified foods. Multiple Micronutrient Supplementation (MMS) can offset these deficiencies. Sight and Life is championing the scale-up of MMS interventions for at-risk population groups by translating science into practice and policy, shaping markets for sustainable demand and supply and leading purpose-driven global advocacy.
We are partnering with UNICEF, CIFF, Kirk Humanitarian, Vitamin Angels and Johns Hopkins to assess supply readiness and demand creation for the introduction and scale-up of MMS in 10+ countries. Additionally, we are also partnering with the Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies (HMHB) consortium hosted by the Micronutrient Forum to create human interest stories and amplify women’s voices as change agents for replacing iron-folic acid with MMS. We are translating science into policy and practice through active membership in the global MMS TAG, HMHB consortium’s steering committee, Bangladesh national TAG and Bangladesh JiVitA trials. Supported by Kirk Humanitarian and Family Larsson Rosenquist Foundation, we launched a Special Report on MMS highlighting evidence, country experiences & resources for scale-up in April 2020.