Kirk Humanitarian is a nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing global inequity by driving a global effort to ensure multiple micronutrient supplements, or MMS, reach women at risk of undernutrition during pregnancy.
Since 2018, Kirk Humanitarian has supported Direct Relief’s work to improve maternal health by donating high-quality multiple micronutrient supplements. More than 1.6 million bottles have reached women in 51 countries, helping prevent against maternal anemia, a significant driver of maternal death, and improve pregnancy outcomes, reducing the risks of stillbirth, low birth weight, and pre-term birth, among other benefits. The MMS provided by Kirk Humanitarian help ensure that more women and children are strong, healthy, and better positioned to thrive.
By 2021, Kirk Humanitarian will be supplying Direct Relief with MMS that follow newly established product specifications and includes both Halal certification and United States Pharmacopeia verification.
The production and distribution of MMS is a part of a larger movement to improve antenatal care – especially for the most vulnerable – and help generate greater global equity. While MMS, containing 15 micronutrients, is a standard component of antenatal care in high-income countries, women in low- and middle-income countries often only have access to iron-folic acid supplements, which contain only two micronutrients. MMS is vastly superior to iron-folic acid supplements when it comes to improving maternal and infant health outcomes.
In addition to MMS donations, Kirk Humanitarian also leads in the effort to support a global transition from IFA to MMS by supporting MMS production, implementation research, and advocacy.