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Powering women nutrition for promising futures

July 2021 Newsletter

Dear colleagues,

Since the launch of our first newsletter in April, we are excited to share progress and updates on maternal nutrition and Multiple Micronutrient Supplements (MMS) in this Nutrition-for-Growth Year of Action.

Highlights
 

Watch this Webinar on Women Nutrition

 As part of the Health Talks for Food Systems Summit, the
 Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies (HMHB) Consortium
and the Micronutrient Forum  hosted a session on 8th June:

Women Nutrition: Resilience and Recovery on the Road to 2030 

If you missed this inspiring webinar and would like to know what the First Lady of NigeriaCherrie Atilano, Jessica Fanzo, Saskia Osendarp, Ndidi Nwuneli, Michael Ojo, Jemimah Njuki, and Anna Lartey, said about how and why investment in women's nutrition is foundational to the resilience of families, communities, and nations, especially in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic,  watch the recorded session in EnglishFrenchand Spanish 

To know more, visit this page and read this short event brief.

WATCH THE VIDEO

N4G and UNFSS Commitment-Making Guides on Maternal and Women Nutrition


The Nutrition for Growth (N4G) Year of Action presents a historic opportunity for governments, donors, the private sector, and civil society to step up with bold policy and financial commitments towards ending malnutrition in all its forms by 2030 at two critical events-the UN Food Systems Summit in September and Tokyo’s Nutrition for Growth Summit in December.
 
This year has spotlighted the need to commit to women's nutrition, which is foundational to progressing all other development priorities. Targeted investment in women's nutrition is critical to protect the health and build the resilience of women, children, and communities.

 
We must not fail women now.

HMHB has prepared two guides to advocate for and encourage commitments and investments dedicated to improving maternal and women nutrition.

 

 
 
  • Women’s Nutrition Commitment-making Guide for the U.N. FSS 2021 in English, French, and Spanish.
  • Maternal Nutrition and Multiple Micronutrient Supplementation: A Commitment Guide for Tokyo’s 2021 Nutrition for Growth Summit in English, French, and Spanish.
 For further information, comments and suggestions, please write to the HMHB Secretariat at HMHB@micronutrientforum.org.

Check Out HMHB’s Knowledge-Hub


We are pleased to present the newly developed Knowledge Hub on the HMHB website. It is a repository of existing knowledge on maternal nutrition, and evidence-based interventions targeting women, notably Multiple Micronutrient Supplements (MMS). This Knowledge Hub includes scientific articles, reports, tools, case studies, policy briefs, and other documents related to evidence on maternal nutrition interventions and specifically MMS. We would love to hear from you on how to improve and expand the Knowledge Hub. Please write to HMHB@micronutrientforum.org to suggest and share resources.

This UNFSS session focuses on three critical components of gender-equitable food systems: Women Nutrition, Women-led Food Enterprises, and Women Leadership.
 
Simultaneous translation in French and Spanish will be available.
Register Now

Sign-up for Nutrition International’s Online Course on Maternal Micronutrient Supplementation
 

Nutrition International has launched an online course called, “Maternal Micronutrient Supplementation: What does it take to improve adherence?” It is a self-paced and interactive course that can be completed in six hours. Learn more and sign up for the course here. The course includes practical tools to improve maternal nutrition programs, design evidence-informed behavior change interventions, and conduct cost-effective assessments of multiple micronutrient supplements (MMS) versus iron-folic acid (IFA) supplements alone. It also provides guidance on using program pathways, sex and gender-based analyses, and delivering maternal micronutrient supplementation programs in the context of COVID-19.

New Halal-Certified MMS


Kirk Humanitarian has recently announced a Halal-certified version of United Nations International Multiple Micronutrient Antenatal Preparation Multiple Micronutrient Supplements (UNIMMAP MMS)The Halal certification marks significant progress for maternal nutrition worldwide ensuring that MMS with 15 essential micronutrients is available for use by Muslim women and accessible to women in low- and middle-income countries, leading to improved pregnancy and birth outcomes. Watch this video to learn more about UNIMMAP MMS and read this Devex op-ed to learn about Kirk Humanitarian’s efforts to increase access to this important antenatal nutritional supplement.

WATCH THE VIDEO
COMING SOON...

Knowledge in a Byte

All you need to know about maternal nutrition and Multiple Micronutrient Supplementation (MMS) will now be at your fingertips! We are excited to share that we will release short videos by global experts on various aspects of maternal nutrition and MMS soon to help address your questions and make learning about these topics easy and fun.

Coffee and Chai Chats

We are thrilled to announce a special series of Coffee and Chai Chats in the coming months. Experts in nutrition, policy, program implementation will engage in conversations about improving maternal nutrition, particularly through multiple micronutrient supplementation (MMS). These short 30-minute live sessions will be telecast and recorded for later viewing. Stay tuned for updates!

Talk to Us! 

The HMHB Consortium has its own social media handles now. Chat with us, tag us, and share posts on social media.
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A Warm Welcome to Our New Members!

Over the past few months, HMHB is thrilled to see its membership grow. We extend a warm welcome to all our new members. We now have almost 70 members, individuals, and organizations, who are committed to improving the nutrition and health of mothers and babies everywhere. Meet our new members on our Members Page.

If you would like to join the collective action to improve maternal nutrition, then  
 
Become an HMHB Member now!

You will have first-hand access to critical information on maternal nutrition and MMS, and be invited to our meetings. 

 
Questions? Contact: HMHB@micronutrientforum.org 
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