Our maternal and neonatal health programs promote and market a one-a-day multivitamin containing iron, folic acid and other essential vitamins needed by women of reproductive age.
The health of a child starts even before conception, and micronutrient deficiencies in pregnant women have a detrimental impact on both the mother and baby.
Micronutrient deficiency is a silent epidemic, affecting one in three people around the world. It can lead to increased risk of death, low birth weight babies, and have a long-lasting impact on the health and wellbeing of children as they grow. Specifically:
- Vitamin A deficiency can cause blindness and leave pregnant women and children susceptible to disease and infection.
- Folic acid, zinc and iodine deficiencies pose significant risks to pregnant women and development of children.
- Iron and iodine deficiencies are linked to intellectual disability.
The World Health Organization recommends weekly iron-folic acid supplementation to ensure adequate iron status of women, particularly before pregnancy and during the first trimester in communities where food-based strategies are not yet fully implemented or effective.
Vitamin supplements can create large scale health impact at a cost of less than 1 cent per day per woman.
We market a one-a-day multivitamin containing iron, folic acid and other essential vitamins for women of reproductive age. These supplements, together with educational programs, improve the nutritional status of low-income women before, during and after pregnancy, giving babies the start they deserve and a chance to live long and healthy lives.
Making a Difference
To date, our network has distributed over 48 million iron-folic acid tablets.