Vitamin Angels, a public health nonprofit working to improve nutrition worldwide, focused their efforts in 2021 on reducing the barriers to accessing essential nutrition that underserved pregnant women and children face in the U.S. and around the world. As a result, Vitamin Angels program partners were able to extend their health and nutrition services further than ever before.
“Although 2021 was a tough 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 essential nutrition the most,” said Howard Schiffer, Vitamin Angels founder & president. “Our achievements wouldn’t have been possible without the support of our long-standing corporate partners and donors, whom gave more generously in 2021 than ever before.”
At the conclusion of 2021, Vitamin Angels reached a total of 70 million underserved pregnant women and children in 65 countries, including all 50 U.S. states and Puerto Rico, through their network of 1,200 program partners.
Specific initiatives that further expanded reach and supported program partners included:
- Expanded Implementation Research: Vitamin Angels expanded its implementation research activities across nine countries to further inform the introduction, implementation, and scale-up of its MMS program (prenatal vitamins and minerals). These countries included Indonesia, Mexico, Vietnam, Cambodia, Haiti, Thailand, Brazil, South Africa and the DRC.
- Strengthened Monitoring and Evaluation Programs: Vitamin Angels strengthened its monitoring and evaluation programs to more accurately track decreased barriers to coverage, effective implementation, and increased coverage.
- Launched a Monitoring and Supervisory Checklist for Program Partners: Vitamin Angels launched a monitoring and supervisory checklist on their mobile app to help program partners assess their organization’s supply availability, training, performance of service providers, and amount of inventory remaining to improve their programs.
Looking ahead to 2022, Vitamin Angels said it plans to continue positively impacting the health and economic well-being of incrementally more women and children with an expanded range of interventions delivered as an integrated package.
For more information, visit www.vitaminangels.org.