One MMS a day and a Healthy Baby is on the way

SMC signed an agreement with GAIN/CIFF to implement a five years project in Bangladesh for introducing Multiple Micronutrient Supplement (MMS) for pregnant women. Bangladesh has the highest rate of prevalence (28%) of Low Birth Weight (LBW) children in the world and micronutrient deficiency is a major risk factor for LBW. Robust evidence shows that the provision of MMS containing 15 essential vitamins and minerals has resulted in 12% reduction in LBW and 8% reduction in Small Babies (Small for Gestational Age, SGA) compared to Iron and Folic Acid (IFA) in 14 low and middle income countries. This 15 ingredients MMS is known as the United Nations International Multiple Micronutrient Antenatal Preparation (UNIMMAP) formula. The proposed project aims to set up a sustainable business model where affordable MMS of assured quality will be available in the market for pregnant women in the country.