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 2022
Distribution Partners Operating in 2022
million bottles of donated MMS to support pregnancies between 2017 - 2022
Vitamin Angels: Making Sure Nutrition Stays A Priority in Indian Villages
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 …
Vitamin Angels: Pop-up Medical Clinics in Rural Afghanistan
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…
Direct Relief: Filling a Critical Need in Cambodia’s Cities
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…
Direct Relief: A Network of Locally-Owned Pharmacies in Rural Honduras
Due to food insecurity and unreliable health care, women throughout rural Honduras often struggle to access essential vitamins and nutrients when they…
Direct Relief: Investing in Healthy Futures in Post-Conflict SyriaRead More
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 …
Americares: Driving Health Equity for Women in Ghana
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 …