Documents included in this toolkit have been identified by members of the USAID Advancing Nutrition Anemia Task Force. The Anemia Task Force members are experts in fields of study related to various aspects of anemia - biology, its assessment, interventions to reduce its burden, and the enabling environment that influences anemia policies and programs. The included resources have been selected for their utility in understanding anemia and relevant to actions that can be taken to reduce it.
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Development and Rollout of National Maternal Anemia Materials: Experience from Mozambique
Brief published by Maternal and Child Survival Program in
This brief describes the Maternal and Child Survival Program's experience in partnering with Mozambique's Ministry of Health in developing national anemia behavior change communication materials, and using them in the health system.
How Non Consumers Differ from Consumers: A Qualitative Approach to Synthesize the Attributes of Iron Folic Acid End Users
Journal Article published by Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research in
This study explores the manifold aspects related to anemia and iron–folic acid supplementation with special emphasis on contributory factors behind low levels of iron–folic acid consumption at the consumer end. The authors identify an informational gap as the fundamental factor contributing to suboptimal iron–folic acid consumption.
Multi-Sectoral Anemia Efforts at the National Level in Uganda
Technical Report published by SPRING in
This process documentation identifies the successes and challenges of establishing a multi-sectoral anemia platform in Uganda, analyzes the key factors that led to outcomes, and identifies potential areas for making improvements to the process in terms of sustainability of efforts. This process documentation uses data from two rounds of semi-…
Translating Formative Research Findings into a Behaviour Change Strategy to Promote Antenatal Calcium and Iron and Folic Acid Supplementation in Western Kenya
Journal Article published by Maternal and Child Nutrition in
This study involved in-depth interviews with 22 pregnant and postpartum women and 20 community-based and facility-based health workers in Kenya for the purposes of planning a calcium and iron–folic acid supplementation program. Interviews assessed awareness of anemia, preeclampsia, and eclampsia; ANC attendance; and barriers and facilitators to…
This brief describes WHO recommendations for intermittent preventive treatment of malaria in pregnancy to prevent iron deficiency anemia in sub-Saharan Africa countries, and emphasizes the importance of providing the correct dose of folic acid to maximize the effectiveness of interventions to prevent malaria. The brief is of particular relevance…
Technical Report published by World Health Organization in
This WHO report describes estimates of the prevalence of anemia for the year 2011 in preschool-age children (6–59 months) and women of reproductive age (15–49 years), by pregnancy status and by regions of the United Nations and WHO, as well as by country.