More than 100,000 low-income women are receiving free multivitamins with folic acid in an effort to reduce birth defects thanks to the March of Dimes North Carolina Preconception Health Campaign. Last month, the campaign ordered 110,000 bottles of multivitamins and distributed them to health departments and community safety-net agencies participating in the Statewide Multivitamin Distribution Program.
Originally funded as a part of a bill passed by the N.C. General Assembly in 2009, the program distributes multivitamins with folic acid to low income, non-pregnant women of childbearing age through health departments and other safety-net providers. Since 2010, the North Carolina Division of Public Health Women’s Health Branch and the March of Dimes have worked together through a publicprivate partnership to ensure the continuation of this vital program. Since the program’s inception, more than 500,000 bottles of vitamins have been distributed statewide.