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Implementation research on multiple micronutrient supplementation in Swabi, Pakistan

For decades, the Government of Pakistan has provided pregnant women with daily iron and folic acid (IFA) supplements to reduce the risk of maternal anaemia. But they are now exploring replacing IFA with a different supplement: multiple micronutrient supplementation (MMS).

MMS is a prenatal supplement with 15 essential vitamins and minerals. It has been found to be just as effective as IFA at reducing the risk of maternal anaemia, while being more effective in improving birth outcomes.

Nutrition International is supporting the Government of Pakistan by conducting implementation research on MMS. It will inform approaches to strengthen nutrition counselling, supportive supervision and family engagement when healthcare providers deliver MMS as part of their maternal nutrition services. “It’s a human-centered design,” shared Huma Habib, Nutrition International’s Technical and Operational Consultant in Pakistan. “What we mean by this is that women are at the centre of whatever we’re doing at the moment in this project.”

Watch what happens as a pregnant woman goes for an antenatal check-up at a basic health unit in Swabi District.

Learn more about our MMS implementation research in Pakistan, utilize our MMS Cost Benefit Tool, or read the MMS Policy Brief: Pakistan.