Collaboration is key to success
MMS interventions, when implemented successfully and complemented by educational strategies, can improve prenatal nutrition to ensure maternal health and optimal physical and cognitive development of infants. This has the potential to empower women and allow children to perform better in school and later in life — ultimately, fuelling economic growth.
To effectively introduce MMS programs worldwide, the public and private sector must work together. Strong partnerships between governments, NGOs, donors and businesses can accelerate the implementation of MMS interventions at scale to protect the most nutritionally vulnerable women and babies and create a better and more sustainable future for all. The importance of collaboration will only continue to rise as the world adjust to a ‘new normal’, in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic. New joint guidance on maternal nutrition in the context of COVID-19 by UNICEF, the World Food Programme (WFP), the Global Nutrition Cluster and the Global Technical Assistance Mechanism for Nutrition (GTAM) recommends introducing MMS in settings with a high prevalence of nutritional deficiencies or where food supplies are significantly disrupted. Together, the public and private sector can strengthen micronutrient supply chains and fill gaps in maternal nutrition to create a healthier tomorrow and contribute to achieving zero hunger by 2030 (SDG 2).
A great example of such a partnership is the Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Accelerator by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Goalkeepers initiative. Led by the Micronutrient Forum, it aims to dramatically advance the introduction of MMS programs through coordinated action over the next three years. The accelerator brings together nearly $50 million in financial and in-kind contribution and is predicted to reach 17.5 million pregnant women and their newborns globally, including Myanmar, Indonesia and Bangladesh. One of the Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Accelerator’s 10 partners from the private sector, academia and civil society, DSM is committed to increasing access to low-cost, high-quality MMS and accelerate the introduction of MMS programs in low and middle-income countries.
With decades of experience in maternal nutrition, DSM is well-positioned to provide the scientific insights, technical know-how and the nutritional solutions required to successfully implement MMS programs across the world. This will ensure pregnant women in low and middle-income countries can meet the recommended levels of micronutrients for optimal maternal nutrition and infant development.
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