IMPACT

Regional Updates

Regional Updates

Africa Region

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Uganda

  1. Vitamin Angels Uganda MMS implementation research study has received full approvals and data collection has begun in the first of 3 regions. This work is being done in close collaboration with the Ministry of Health (MOH), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and our research partner Child and Family Foundation. 

Nigeria

Recently, the national government of Nigeria has accepted UNIMMAP MMS onto their EML (Essential Medicines List). The move is considered provisional until the revised list is published in early 2024. This is a significant step forward for MMS in Nigeria as it makes UNIMMAP MMS an accepted supplement/medicine in Nigeria, for easier procurement and access.

Kenya

The Kenya MOH has officially expressed interest in exploring the transition from IFA to MMS. Vitamin Angels, along with Helen Keller Intl, UNICEF, Nutrition International, and other implementing partners are now supporting the MOH in drawing up MMS Policy Briefs and a MMS Roadmap and will be exploring MMS implementation research in 2024. 


Asia Region


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Nepal

In partnership with Hellen Keller Intl, Vitamin Angels has completed a landscape analysis of multiple micronutrient supplementation for pregnant women in Nepal.


Indonesia

In September, Vitamin Angels participated in a meeting hosted by the Ministry of Health (MOH), supported by the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), on the technical guidelines for monitoring of complementary feeding.


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Vitamin Angels Implementation Science Manager, Dr. Shannon King was interviewed in a Devex Q & A where she addressed the importance of MMS in addressing malnutrition and our work in Indonesia.


India

Vitamin Angels’ Senior Implementation Science Manager, India, Animesh Rai authored a blog post in SeptemberImproving maternal anemia starts with improving maternal and child nutrition, on Medium during India’s POSHAN Maah (Nutrition Month).


Philippines

In August the Vitamin Angels Philippines team held a Program Partners conference attended by 35 participants in-person in Manila, as well as 40+ participants virtually. The goal of the conference was to promote a better understanding of how Vitamin Angels and program partners can contribute to the national strategic directions for health and nutrition, provide a platform for sharing experiences in the implementation of nutrition interventions in support of the first 1,000 days, and build a venue for stronger collaboration among program partners, government agencies, and other relevant stakeholders. 

The conference included in-person presentations from the Department of Health, National Nutrition Council, and Nutrition Center of the Philippines (NCP), among others, as well as virtual presentations from Vitamin Angels Founder & President, Howard Schiffer and Vice President of Programs, Cori Mazzeo and in-person attendance from Senior Program Officer, Asia, Simran Sachdev.


Vietnam

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Vitamin Angels publishes a case study to highlight some of our team and work in Haiti.


Latin America & the Caribbean Region Update

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Haiti

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Vitamin Angels publishes a case study to highlight some of our team and work in Haiti.


Mexico

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Vitamin Angels launched a Mexico country case study to supplement the continuing medical education course, Nutrition in Pregnancy. This case study adds to the core course by exploring the specific factors impacting pregnant women, infants, and young children in Mexico and offers context-specific application guidelines for effective healthcare delivery.

The case study features leading maternal health experts in Mexico, including Vitamin Angels Program Director, Mexico, Dr. Ríos Espinosa. It has been accredited by the Mexican Council of Gynecology and Obstetrics (CMGO) and offers 1.75 continuing medical education credit hours.


US Region

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  • In 2023, the Vitamin Angels US team increased the diversity of our partnerships and met our goal of 300K bottles of MMS distributed. 

  • To better understand current barriers and enablers to breastfeeding, Vitamin Angels is collaborating with key partners to conduct implementation research within a border community in Arizona. The research is a collaboration between Vitamin Angels, Chiricahua Community Health Centers, Inc. (CCHCI), and university researchers, with co-principal investigators from Vitamin Angels Colleen Delaney, PhD, Audrey Buckland, and Kristen M. Hurley PhD, MPH. Data collection is now complete, and the team is in the process of writing up the findings. 

Looking forward to the year ahead, the Vitamin Angels US team plans to further improve our US programs by initiating research to improve uptake and adherence of MMS among women of reproductive age, continue to test and iterate on a direct ship model of distribution, and initiate the next phase of our breastfeeding research.