The Effect of Timing of Iron Supplementation on Iron Absorption and Haemoglobin in Post-Malaria Anaemia: A Longitudinal Stable Isotope Study in Malawian Toddlers

As inflammation during and after malaria may decrease iron absorption, the authors of this study aimed to measure iron absorption from iron supplements started immediately or delayed by two weeks after completion of treatment therapy against uncomplicated P. falciparum malaria in Malawian toddlers. The authors concluded that iron absorption is sufficiently high in the immediate post-malaria period to warrant supplementation, and there is no need to change the current practice of immediate iron supplementation in this setting.  

Malar J. 2014