This report aims to assess the progress being made on reducing the burden of anemia in women and stimulate global and national action to improve the reach and delivery of proven anemia reduction interventions targeting pregnant women. Data from Demographic and Health Surveys conducted from 2004 to 2008 were used for cross-country and over-time comparisons of anemia prevalence in pregnant and nonpregnant women. The authors highlight the need for improved coverage of intermittent preventive treatment for pregnant women in areas with high malaria endemicity, as well as the need to increase the use of insecticide-treated bednets in malaria-endemic areas. and presumptive treatment of hookworms in endemic areas.
Author: A2Z: The USAID Micronutrient and Child Blindness Project