Vitamin A Policy Briefs

The Global Alliance for Vitamin A (GAVA) has released multiple briefs about Vitamin A as it relates to gender, maternal health, and postpartum health.


Gender Equality And Vitamin A Supplementation (VAS): How Gender Mainstreaming Can Improve Child Survival And Promote Gender Equality

VAS programs have traditionally been gender-unaware. Door-to-door campaigns, where VAS was co-delivered along with essential childhood vaccinations, were able to achieve high coverage across both sexes by reducing barriers to accessing VAS. As the need for mass immunization campaigns decreases, many countries are transitioning to delivering VAS through facility-based campaigns and routine health services. This brief was developed by the Global Alliance for Vitamin A (GAVA) to help countries identify and address gender equity and equality issues that often go unrecognized in VAS programs.

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Six-Month Contact Point: A Timely Way to Deliver Essential Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition Services Including Vitamin A Supplementation (VAS)

Six months after birth is an important time for meeting the nutrition, health and reproductive needs of women and children, but few health systems include a six-month contact point. Establishing a six-month contact point may reduce missed opportunity for saving lives, improving infant and child feeding practices, improving immunization coverage and spacing births.

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Post-Partum Vitamin A Supplementation (VAS)

Studies show that post-partum vitamin A supplementation (VAS) can result in modest, short-term increases in higher breast milk vitamin A levels, higher infant liver stores and improved maternal and child vitamin A status. All infants are born with low body stores of vitamin A and depend upon vitamin A-rich colostrum and breast milk to meet their physiological need for vitamin A and other nutrients for proper growth and development.

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