Pregnant women, infants and children are already vulnerable.  When a crisis like COVID-19 strikes, they are inevitably the hardest hit.

Immediate needs demand action, but Vitamin Angels is also working to anticipate and address the pandemic's long-term implications to ensure prioritization of maternal health and the nutrition of infants and young children in the communities we serve.

 

How we are responding now:

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Updates from our Program Partners on the front lines:

While COVID-19 presents unprecidented challenges, we are seeing unparalleled acts of bravery, kindness, and resilience from our global community of health care workers.  Read updates from our program partners:

Adapting in Indiana

In Indiana, Elkhart County Health Department’s WIC Program and Healthy Beginnings Program have been hard at work attending to their community. Recently, they adapted their distribution method and started offering MMS through their drop off/pick-up process to ensure pregnant women have reliable access to prenatal multivitamins. Providing care and administering services may look different now, but they are determined to show up for those in need.

Awareness and Interventions

Our program partner in Liberia, Cry Respond Foundation (CRF), is maintaining their distribution of Vitamin Angels’ nutrition interventions to at-risk communities while following local guidance for preventing the spread of COVID-19. CRF is also implementing critical public health efforts to address COVID-19 by “creating  awareness and education about the virus and providing preventive measures materials such as hand washing buckets and hand sanitizer.”

Just in Time

“For many pregnant women, especially in rural areas, the only vitamin supplement they have is the one we provide thanks to you, Vitamin Angels.”

Our program partner, Orphan Network (ON), had just completed delivery of prenatal multivitamins to all of the pregnant women they serve in early March, before the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in the country. Their clients are now set with a 6-month supply of MMS on hand, relieving any pressure to seek the essential multivitamins and risk exposure during this time.

ON is also leveraging WhatsApp groups to share resources and educational tools with the families they serve. The organization continues to operate their feeding center with additional preventative measures in place.

Local Outreach & Planning Ahead

In Kenya, program partner WE is focusing on local outreach and awareness campaigns to curb the spread of COVID-19. The organization has quickly responded by sending out trained team members and volunteers door to door as well as to common gathering places, like water points, to distribute essential resources and provide education. In the last 45 days alone, they have been able to reach over 150,000 people. WE is also taking steps to moderate long-term challenges such as food insecurity by "continuing their agriculture program to ensure increased access to a wider variety of nutritional food." Alongside their food program, the group continues to distribute Vitamin Angels' nutrition interventions through their hospital, Baraka. Improved nutrition and essential vitamins can boost immune function, which may help women and children avoid illness during this time. 

Finding a Way

With the encouragement from local authorities to continue distributing nutrition interventions, our dedicated team is working tirelessly to coordinate deliveries to our program partners. Working under domestic air travel restrictions, our Philippines programs manager and coordinator are relying exclusively on local ground and sea shipping methods. Despite logistical challenges, boxes of Vitamin A and MMS are arriving to our program partners who are working through local channels to ensure safe and timely distribution to mothers and children in their communities.


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