2019 Year in Review

By Baker Johnson

In our 25th Anniversary year, we made incredible progress in our efforts to improve and protect the health of every mother, every child, everywhere. Here are a few of our highlights in 2019:

  • Reached hard to reach populations in every U.S. state and 70 countries worldwide.
     
  • Partnered with governments and 1,600 local organizations to fill gaps in coverage through:
     
    • Engaging in advocacy and advisory services
    • Providing technical assistance
      • Supporting adherence to best practices by improving and expanding our training tools for service providers; and measuring outputs and outcomes through routine monitoring and coverage surveys.
         
    • Delivering evidence-based nutrition interventions
      • Continuing and expanding our efforts, serving approximately 70 million mothers and children with:
        • Multiple micronutrient supplements (prenatal multivitamins) for pregnant women 
        • Vitamin A supplementation and deworming for children under 5
          • Our efforts in this area were recognized with the award of GiveWell Grant for Global Health and Development in Southeast Asia and Bangladesh.
        • Supplementary feeding for preschool-age children
        • Information for pregnant women and new mothers on optimal infant and young child feeding practices
           
  • Key advances toward our goal to eliminate newborn mortality by scaling up our multiple micronutrient supplementation program, included:
    • Reaching 2 million women globally (a 300% increase from 2018), including 200,000 women domestically
    • Announcing a $7.5M Pledge to Improve Global Maternal Health and Birth Outcomes by 2022 at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's Goalkeepers event. 
    • Focusing on creating demand, ensuring a global supply, and influencing policy change regarding prenatal multivitamins in low and middle-income countries.
       
  • Celebrated major milestones with our corporate partners, including Walgreens, The Vitamin Shoppe, SmartyPants and Sprouts Farmer’s Market.
     
  • Earned accolades for our financial accountability and transparency, specifically 4-stars from Charity Navigator and GuideStar’s Platinum Seal of Transparency.

     

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