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A health worker is using a smart phone light to screen a person for anemia by inspecting their finger.
Photo Credit: Jessie Bryson, USAID/Tanzania

Anemia—a multifaceted multifactorial condition with both nutritional and non-nutritional etiologies—affects millions of people globally. Assessment, surveillance, and programs have primarily focused on iron delivery, limiting the precision and impact of both assessment and intervention options. Thus, a more comprehensive understanding of anemia, coupled with context-specific assessments and approaches, is needed.

The USAID Advancing Nutrition Anemia Task Force, a multi-disciplinary panel of experts, developed a comprehensive report on anemia that draws from both sentinel and emerging data to help address this gap. The task force recognized that anemia represents an “ecology” (i.e., a complex system interacting with its internal/biological and external/social, cultural, physical environments). This integrated approach covered key aspects of anemia biology, assessment, and translation into interventions.

On behalf of the U.S. Government Global Nutrition Coordination Plan’s Ecology of Parent, Infant, and Child Nutrition Subgroup, we invite you to learn about the key results of this review and the implications of these findings on current and future efforts to address this high priority global health challenge.  

In addition, we are pleased to share five recently published briefs that explore current evidence and practice to understand and address the causes and consequences of anemia.

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Webinar Resources


  • Lindy Fenlason (moderator), United States Agency for International Development
  • Laura Hackl (moderator), USAID Advancing Nutrition
  • Omar Dary, United States Agency for International Development
  • Dan Raiten, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development/National Institutes of Health
  • Gary M. Brittenham, Columbia University
  • Parminder Suchdev, Emory University
  • Cornelia Loechl, International Atomic Energy Agency


  • Maria Elena Jefferds, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Sarah Cusick, University of Minnesota
  • Lisa Rogers, World Health Organization