e-Library of Evidence for Nutrition Actions (eLENA)

Multiple micronutrient supplementation in HIV-infected women during pregnancy

Micronutrient deficiencies are particularly common during pregnancy due to increased nutrient requirements, and can compromise the health of women infected with HIV/AIDS to a greater extent than in women without HIV/AIDS. Giving multiple micronutrient supplements to HIV-infected pregnant women may therefore be expected to improve the health of both the mother and baby.

Available evidence shows that multiple micronutrient supplements offer some benefits and are safe for pregnant women with HIV, however further research is needed before specific recommendations can be made.

Adequate nutrition, which is best achieved through consumption of a balanced healthy diet, is vital for health and survival for all individuals regardless of HIV status

WHO recommendations

Further research is needed before specific recommendations can be made.

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GRC-approved guidelines

Status: not currently available


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Last update:

1 September 2015 08:08 CEST

Category 2 intervention

Systematic review(s) have been conducted but no recent guidelines yet available that have been approved by the WHO Guidelines Review Committee

Biological, behavioural and contextual rationale


There is not yet any implementation information related to this intervention in GINA