Determining the Dietary Pattern and Biochemical Markers Among Women and Children in Hebron and Gaza City

This report discusses a study conducted in 2005 to assess the micronutrient status and nutritional adequacy in the poorest sections of the Palestinian society. Dietary data was collected from children aged 3-7 and women of reproductive age (ages 18-50) of Hebron and Gaza City. The nutrient analysis revealed that for children and women of reproductive age, the largest nutritional inadequacies are for vitamin A, vitamin B-12, iron, zinc and calcium. Children older than 6 years of age and women might also be deficient for the vitamins B-1, B-2, B-6 and niacin, although biochemical confirmation is still pending.