As World Health Organization guidelines and other research on vitamin A supplementation (VAS) are published, GAVA translates the information into program policy and operational guidance for countries that are implementing VAS.
Creating a 6-month postpartum contact within the health system can provide an opportunity for the timely delivery of an integrated package of interventions. These interventions, including vitamin A Supplementation, show high impact on both maternal and child health and nutrition status. Several countries have piloted this and are beginning to scale it up. This brief describes the rationale, process, results and lessons learned from country experiences.
This Technical Brief is intended to assist countries in deciding whether to continue or stop post-partum vitamin A supplementation by summarizing what is known, identifying information gaps and highlighting considerations for policy makers.