Nutrition International launches free course to improve maternal micronutrient supplementation programs
The course provides program planners and implementers with guidance and tools to improve the quality of maternal micronutrient supplementation programs delivered through antenatal care and postnatal care.
Posted on June 22, 2021
Ottawa, CANADA – Nutrition International today launched its new online course “Maternal Micronutrient Supplementation: What does it take to improve adherence?” This free course is designed to help low- and middle-income countries improve their maternal micronutrient supplementation programs, leading to better maternal nutrition and birth outcomes.
“A continued and strengthened focus on improving maternal nutrition through evidence-informed essential nutrition actions, such as supplementation during pregnancy with iron-folic acid or multiple micronutrient supplements, is essential for improving pregnancy and birth outcomes, and attaining the sustainable development goals,” said Jennifer Busch-Hallen, Senior Technical Advisor, Maternal and Neonatal Nutrition, Nutrition International. “Antenatal and postnatal care are two platforms that provide opportunities to support the nutrition and health of mothers and their babies, and this course provides more information and tools to support that.”
The course is designed specifically to support government and non-government staff at district, state and national levels who are responsible for planning, implementing, or monitoring and evaluating maternal nutrition programs delivered through the health system.
All the content was developed by Nutrition International’s maternal and newborn health and nutrition experts and includes practical tools to improve maternal nutrition programs, including a toolkit for designing evidence-informed behaviour change interventions, and cost-effective assessments of multiple micronutrient supplements versus iron-folic acid supplements alone. The course also provides guidance on using program pathways, sex- and gender-based analyses to improve maternal nutrition program design, and delivering maternal micronutrient supplementation programs in the context of COVID-19.
“Maternal Micronutrient Supplementation: What does it take to improve adherence” is a free, self-paced and interactive course that can be completed in six hours.