The impact of access to high-quality MMS
For women and their families worldwide, access to United Nations International Multiple Micronutrient Antenatal Preparation Multiple Micronutrient Supplements (UNIMMAP MMS) free-of-cost can be life-changing. UNIMMAP MMS, which contain 15 essential micronutrients that help ensure maternal and newborn health, are not always available in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) or war-torn regions. In these contexts, pregnant women often only have access to iron-folic acid (IFA), a supplement containing only 2 micronutrients.
In partnership with governments and NGOs, Kirk Humanitarian has been working to change that by leading the effort to deliver UNIMMAP MMS and help countries transition to national UNIMMAP MMS programs. The stories below illustrate the impact this work has made across the world, from South America to Africa to Asia, representing a selection of the efforts we support. We will continue to share stories of impact that reflect the voices of the women and families who directly benefit from this important work, the experiences with national governments, and the progress made toward implementing and scaling UNIMMAP MMS around the world.
Our Impact by the Numbers
Countries Reached Between 2002 and 2021
Distribution Partners Operating in 2019
million bottles of donated MMS to support pregnancies between 2017 - 2021
Santoshini Arukh, an expectant mother in the Kandhamal district in Odisha, India, was excited to give birth to her second child. But with a household …
Thousands of people in rural Afghanistan have been displaced by civil war and lack reliable access to food, water, and shelter.
To reach these vuln…
In Cambodia’s capital of Phnom Penh, one in five people live in an informal settlement and lack access to basic resources. To promote healthy pregna…
Due to food insecurity and unreliable health care, women throughout rural Honduras often struggle to access essential vitamins and nutrients when they…
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For almost a decade, Syria has been devastated by one of the greatest humanitarian crises of our lifetimes. The facts are staggering: in the past nine …
In the rural Ashanti region of Ghana, women typically don’t have access to a nutrient-rich diet or prenatal supplements needed to support a healthy …