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Every woman deserves a healthy pregnancy, and every child deserves a healthy start. No matter where they live.
Kirk Humanitarian, one of MFA’s most highly-valued partners, is a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing global inequality for pregnant mothers and nursing mothers in low- and middle-income countries. Specifically, Kirk Humanitarian is driving a world-wide effort to ensure that these women have access to the same vitamins with multiple micronutrient supplements (MMS) that are available in higher income countries. These vital supplements reduce the risk of malnutrition, avoid premature and underweight births and promote fetal development. Together, Kirk Humanitarian and MFA have been able to help secure the health of a next generation of Syrian children.
Since 2019, Kirk Humanitarian has supported MFA’s work by donating high-quality MMS. By the end of 2020, these shipments from Kirk Humanitarian will have reached more than 285,000 women in across northern Syria and Iraq. These vitamin supplements, help prevent maternal anemia (a significant driver of maternal death) and improve pregnancy outcomes, by reducing the risks of still birth, low birth weight, and pre-term birth, among other benefits. The MMS vitamins they provide help ensure that more women and children are strong, healthy, and better-positioned to thrive.
We are excited to note that by 2021 Kirk Humanitarian will be supplying us with MMS that follow newly established product specifications and includes both Halal certification and United States Pharmacopeia (USP) verification.
Kirk Humanitarian’s production and distribution of MMS, and MFA’s effort to deliver it to Syrians in need is a part of a larger, very important movement to improve postnatal care –for those who are most vulnerable. The goal is to help generate greater global equality. Kirk Humanitarian’s vitamins with MMS, contain 15 critically-needed micronutrients – which is the standard for postnatal care in the U.S. and other high-income countries. By contrast, women in low-and middle-income countries often have access to only iron-folic acid (IFA) supplements, which contain only 2 of those micronutrients. So, Kirk Humanitarian vitamins with MMS are vastly superior to the IFA supplements available in poorer or more challenging environments when it comes to improving maternal and infant health outcomes.
In addition to its massive donations of MMS to organizations like MFA, Kirk Humanitarian also leads the global effort to support a world-wide transition from IFA to MMS by supporting MMS production, implementation, research, and advocacy before organizations such as the World Health Organization. Learn more at kirkhumanitarian.org.
Kirk Humanitarian has been an incredible partner in every respect. MFA is extremely grateful for the support and the life-saving difference that Kirk Humanitarian has made in our efforts – and for mothers and their children across Syria.