GOLETA, Calif., January 24, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Vitamin Angels, a nonprofit public health organization working to improve nutrition around the world, focused its efforts in 2021 on reducing barriers to access to essential nutrition faced by pregnant women and underserved children face in the United States and around the world. As a result, Vitamin Angels program partners have been able to expand their health and nutrition services more than ever before.
“While 2021 has been a challenging year for our world, I am so proud of the Vitamin Angels team for continuing our work and expanding our reach to even more women and children who need support the most. essential nutrition,” said Howard Schiffer, founder and president of Vitamin Angels. “Our accomplishments would not have been possible without the support of our long-time corporate partners and donors, who gave more generously in 2021 than ever before.”
By the end of 2021, Vitamin Angels has reached a total of 70 million pregnant women and underserved children in 65 countries, including all 50 U.S. states and Porto Ricothrough their network of 1,200 program partners.
Specific initiatives that have further broadened the reach and supported program partners include:
- Expanded Implementation Research: Vitamin Angels has expanded its implementation research activities in 9 countries to further inform the introduction, implementation and scale-up of its MMS (prenatal vitamins and minerals) program. These countries included Indonesia, Mexico, Vietnam, Cambodia, Haiti, Thailand, Brazil, South Africaand the DRC.
- Strengthened monitoring and evaluation programs: Vitamin Angels has strengthened its monitoring and evaluation programs to more accurately track reduced barriers to coverage, effective implementation and increased coverage.
- Launch of a monitoring and supervision checklist for program partners: Vitamin Angels has launched a monitoring and supervision checklist on its mobile app to help program partners assess their organization’s supply availability, training, service provider performance, and amount of inventory. remaining to improve their programs.
Other organizational highlights during the year include:
Vitamin Angels has joined the Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Consortium
Vitamin Angels has joined the Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Consortium, which works to improve maternal nutrition through collective action by Consortium members to accelerate the availability and effective use of MMS in low- and middle-income countries. Vitamin Angels Senior Vice President for Nutrition, Dr. Kristen M. Hurley sits on the organization’s steering committee.
MMS has been added to the World Health Organization’s Model List of Essential Medicines
Vitamin Angels, alongside other public health organizations and stakeholders around the world, submitted a letter of support to WHO advocating for the addition of MMS to the WHO Model List of Essential Medicines. In October 2021, the WHO has announced its decision to include MMS in its EML as a prenatal supplement for pregnant women. The decision marked an important step in promoting maternal and child health globally, including providing a standard for country governments to include MMS on national EMLs.
Corporate Partner Impact Achievements
Vitamin Angels welcomed a 22% increase in corporate partnerships in 2021, with longtime partners giving more generously than ever. Walgreens reached an important milestone by reaching 300M women and children through their partnership with Vitamin Angels, as well as the launch of a new prenatal pilot program in Chicago. The program distributes free prenatal vitamins and minerals to underserved pregnant women at 16 Chicago Walgreens stores. Other corporate partners who generously donated in 2021 include SmartyPants (which marked the milestone of reaching 20 million women and children and set a new goal of 100M reached end of 2022), Bayerand Goli-Nutrition.
Launch of a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiative
Vitamin Angels appointed a DEI board and subcommittees, launched a DEI action plan and cultural application, and provided time and resources for all Vitamin Angels staff to participate in DEI-focused training. The Vitamin Angels DEI action plan focused on 6 key areas: recruitment, training, career development, partnerships, communication and leadership. In 2022, the Vitamin Angels DEI Board will focus on continuing to execute priority DEI actions and measuring results.
Looking ahead to 2022, Vitamin Angels plans to continue to positively impact the health and economic well-being of growing numbers of women and children through an expanded range of interventions delivered as a package. integrated.
ABOUT VITAMIN ANGELS
Founded in 1994, Vitamin Angels is a nonprofit public health organization working to improve nutrition and health in low-resource settings around the world. They strengthen, extend and amplify the impact of their partner organizations working to reach the most nutritionally vulnerable groups – pregnant women, infants and children – who are underserved by existing systems. They do this by delivering evidence-based interventions and offering technical assistance, including ongoing monitoring and evaluation, to ensure program quality, scale and impact. Vitamin Angels works with over 1,200 local organizations, including governments, to reach more than 70 million women and children in 65 countries each year. Charity Navigator and GuideStar give Vitamin Angels their highest marks for financial transparency. To learn more, visit: www.vitaminangels.org.
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