This implementation research project will introduce multiple micronutrient supplementation into antenatal care and identify solutions to optimize adherence among pregnant women in Northern Nigeria.
In 2017, approximately 295,000 women around the world died due to pregnancy-related causes.
In 2019, almost 2.4 million newborns died in their first 28 days of life. The global share of under-five deaths occurring during the neonatal period is increasing — 46% of all child deaths occur in the first month of life, up from 41% in 2000.
Women who live in low- and middle-income countries and who do not have the resources they need for a healthy pregnancy and birth are at particular risk.
Many of these women are ill-equipped to meet the special nutritional needs of pregnancy, due to:
- Inadequate diets
- Inadequate access to maternal nutrition services and information
- Inadequate access to vital health services
To deliver cost-effective impact, nutrition interventions must be tailored to the needs and realities of women in their communities.