Identifying Sociodemographic, Programmatic and Dietary Drivers of Anaemia Reduction in Pregnant Indian Women Over 10 Years

Journal Articles
Nutrition, Health, WASH
Suman Chakrabarti, Nitya George, Moutushi Majumder, Neha Raykar, and Samuel Scott
South Asia
Resource Publication Date:
April, 2018
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Anaemia is a major contributor to the global disease burden and half of pregnant women in India were anaemic in 2016. The authors of this journal article explored how shifts in sociodemographic (wealth, age at pregnancy, education, open defecation, cooking fuel type, household size), programmatic (iron–folic acid tablet consumption, antenatal care visits) and dietary (intake of Fe, folic acid, vitamin B12, phytate) factors predicted changes in anaemia prevalence. They conclude that public health interventions to combat anaemia in pregnant women should use a holistic approach, which includes promotion of delayed marriage, construction and use of toilets, and measures that facilitate adoption of nutrient-rich diets.

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