Supplementation

Briefs

A Rapid Initial Assessment of the Distribution and Consumption of Iron-Folic Acid Tablets Through Antenatal Care in Senegal

25% of the world's population suffers from anemia. SPRING has a method for making a rapid, initial assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of the distribution and consumption of IFA...

Location: Senegal
A Rapid Initial Assessment of the Distribution and Consumption of Iron-Folic Acid Tablets Through Antenatal Care in Tanzania

25% of the world's population suffers from anemia. SPRING has a method for making a rapid, initial assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of the distribution and consumption of IFA...

Location: Tanzania
A Rapid Initial Assessment of the Distribution and Consumption of Iron-Folic Acid Tablets Through Antenatal Care in Uganda

25% of the world's population suffers from anemia. SPRING has a method for making a rapid, initial assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of the distribution and consumption of IFA...

Location: Uganda
A Rapid Initial Assessment of the Distribution and Consumption of Iron-Folic Acid Tablets Through Antenatal Care in Zambia

25% of the world's population suffers from anemia. SPRING has a method for making a rapid, initial assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of the distribution and consumption of IFA...

Location: Zambia

Series

country map of anemia prevelence

This series of country briefs analyzes Demographic Health Survey data to provide a rapid assessment tool for determining how well the antenatal care system distributes iron-folic acid...

Posters

Promoting Compliance to Iron–Folic Acid Intake in Pregnant Women in Uganda: Prioritizing the Myriad of Factors

SPRING/Uganda is promoting the intake and compliance to iron and folic acid (IFA) supplements among pregnant women in southwestern Uganda to reduce anemia levels estimated at 24% at...

Keywords: Anemia, Supplementation
Location: Uganda
A Rapid, Initial Assessment of the Distribution and Consumption of Iron-Folic Acid Tablets through Antenatal Care: A Comparative Analysis

Only 9% of pregnant women in the 23 study countries consumed the ideal of 180 tablets in their last pregnancy. Although the tool cannot identify the specific cause(s) of a system’s...

Events

Screenshot of the Micronutrient Forum website

In June 2014, SPRING delegates attended the Micronutrient Forum—a global conference that brings together specialists from a wide array of sectors who share an interest in reducing...

News

Manisha Tharaney presenting SPRING's research on maternal and child anemia in Uganda

On Friday, October 18, 2013, the USAID-led Multisectoral Anemia Task Force Secretariat hosted a Multisectoral Anemia Partners Meeting at FHI360 in Washington, DC.

A2Z Resources

Technical Brief: Postpartum Vitamin A Supplementation: Evaluating the Evidence for Action

This technical brief reviews the scientific rationale for postpartum supplementation and examines the available evidence on whether or not this intervention can improve the nutritional...

Keywords: Supplementation
Newborn Vitamin A Supplementation: Key References on Efficacy and Safety

Studies in Indonesia, India, and Bangladesh have shown that newborn vitamin A supplementation within 48 hours of birth reduced infant mortality in the first six months of life.

Keywords: Supplementation
Newborn Vitamin A Supplementation: Frequently Asked Questions

USAID-supported research in South Asia has demonstrated that dosing newborns with 50,000 IU of vitamin A substantially reduces mortality at six months of age.

Keywords: Supplementation
Newborn Vitamin A Supplementation: A2Z Program Update

USAID-supported research in South Asia has demonstrated that dosing newborns with 50,000 IU of vitamin A substantially reduces mortality at six months of age.

Keywords: Supplementation
Concepts and Guidelines for Developing and Evaluating Implementation Models for Newborn Vitamin A Supplementation in South Asia, November 28, 2007

Long known to reduce child mortality of children over six months of age, newborn vitamin A supplementation (NVAS) is being examined as a means to reduce infant mortality.

Keywords: Supplementation
Location: Asia
Vitamin A Supplementation & De‐worming Post Event Coverage Survey: 2010 Tanzania Mainland Final Report on Research Findings, April 2011

Final Report on research and findings from a Vitamin A Supplementation (VAS) Post‐Event Coverage Survey for Mainland Tanzania that occurred in July 2010.

Keywords: Supplementation
Location: Tanzania
National Communication Strategy for the Promotion of Vitamin A in Cambodia, October 2008 – November 2010

Vitamin A deficiency is a serious public health problem among women and children in Cambodia.

Assessment of the National Vitamin A Supplementation and De-worming Program in Tanzania: Strategies for VAS and De-worming Distribution in Tanzania, Five Year Plan, June 27, 2011

The purpose of this document is to recommend strategies that can be used to strengthen the long-term sustainability of vitamin A supplementation and de-worming distribution throughout...

Keywords: Supplementation
Location: Tanzania
Assessment of the National Vitamin A Supplementation and De-worming Program in Tanzania Assessment Report, June 27, 2011

The Childhood Blindness Project operated from 2006 to 2011 in the United Republic of Tanzania (mainland).

Keywords: Supplementation
Location: Tanzania
Gap Analysis: Information Needed for Consensus on Policies and Programs to Improve Iron Nutrition

Despite over 50 years of research, nutritional iron deficiency remains the most prevalent micronutrient deficiency disorder worldwide.

Keywords: Supplementation
Micronutrients Global Toolkit

The Micronutrients Global Toolkit includes a set of tools developed by the A2Z Project and partners to support governments in their efforts to ensure sustainable Vitamin A supplementation...

Technical Brief: The Costs of Micronutrient Interventions: Policy Issues and Interventions

This technical brief provides an overview of the literature relating to the cost analysis of micronutrient programs and identifies factors involved in planning and implementing successful...

Keywords: Supplementation

Videos

woman training other women about IFA tablets

This video is about the importance of pregnant women and adolescent girls consuming iron-folic acid (IFA) tablets.

Pages

Resource Review Summaries

Researchers conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis to assess the effect of vitamin A supplementation (VAS) on iron status biomarkers and anemia in children, teenagers, and pregnant...

This study assessed anthropometric measurements and developmental and laboratory outcomes in children born to women who received daily iron and folic acid (IFA) supplementation, twice...

This study assessed IFA supplementation programs in seven countries to better understand barriers and enablers for improved coverage and utilization of IFA supplements during pregnancy....

This study, conducted in The Gambia, explored the protective nature of iron deficiency anemia against malaria. Findings showed that anemia, more so than sickle-cell trait, hindered the...

The Let’s be Well Red study was conducted to determine the effect of iron-supplement bars (containing 14 mg Fe) on anemia status in urban Indian women of reproductive age. The intervention...

Keywords: Supplementation, Anemia
Location: India

This study examined how preconception weekly iron-folic acid (IFA) and multiple micronutrient (MM) supplements, compare to folic acid (FA) alone during and shortly after pregnancy in...

Keywords: Anemia, Supplementation
Location: Vietnam

This Sight and Life magazine article discusses the multiple causes of anemia and the risks associated with iron supplementation in populations where anemia is prevalent, but iron deficiency...

The Sokoto and Keppi States’ Ministry of Health hosted a workshop to promote Iron Folic Acid (IFA) Supplementation as a protective measure against anemia for pregnant women and women of...

Keywords: Anemia, Supplementation
Location: Nigeria

On January 30, 2016, Peru’s Ministry of Health came together with the Ministry of Education for an event on anemia prevention. The event targeted mothers who coordinate communal kitchens in...

Teenage pregnancy poses a double burden for young women, putting both mother and child at risk of negative nutritional outcomes. The Philippines’ 8th National Nutrition Survey (NNS)...

Keywords: Anemia, Supplementation
Location: Philippines

This study found that anti-malarial IPTp-SP and iron folic acid supplementation compliance among pregnant women remains low in the Simiyu Region of Tanzania. In interviews with women who...

Keywords: Anemia, Supplementation
Location: Tanzania

This study examined the effects of screening for anemia during well baby clinic visits and providing iron supplementation to anemic children in low-resource settings in the Dominican...

This study, conducted on anemic, pre-school aged children in China, analyzed the impact of single-dose albendazole for deworming and vitamin A supplementation on anemia status and iron...

Keywords: Anemia, Supplementation
Location: China

To prevent pre-eclampsia, a major cause of maternal deaths, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations encourage integrating calcium supplementation into antenatal care (ANC). To...

Keywords: Supplementation, Anemia
Location: Kenya

The World Health Organization (WHO) released global guidance documenting the recommended daily iron supplementation in menstruating adult women and adolescent girls as an intervention for...

The World Health Organization (WHO) published global guidance on the recommended daily iron supplementation in infants and children as an intervention for preventing iron deficiency and...

Bollywood actress, Priyanka Chopra, is participating in a nationwide campaign to spread awareness around adolescent anemia. The Weekly Iron and Folic Acid (IFA) Supplement awareness...

Keywords: Supplementation, Anemia
Location: India

Despite the World Health Organization’s (WHO) recommendations on daily iron and folic acid (IFA) supplementation during pregnancy, many women are still not receiving or taking the...

Research has shown that Vitamin D and iron deficiencies frequently co-exist and potential overlapping metabolic pathways may need to be taken into account when designing programs. This...

In this community-based study, researchers used a behavior change communication approach to examine the effectiveness of “Trials of Improved Practices (TIPs)” on dietary and iron-folate...

Keywords: Anemia, Supplementation
Location: India

The supplementation of iron-folic acid (IFA) tablets as part of antenatal care (ANC) is an important intervention for prevention and control of anemia. The results of this 22-survey...

Research shows that antenatal iron-folic acid (IFA) supplementation improves maternal anemia and poor pregnancy outcomes, and may also have an effect on child survival. This study...

Keywords: Supplementation

Based on new study results from the Micronutrient Initiative, the Bangladesh Government re-committed to strengthening its iron-folic acid (IFA) supplementation program to protect pregnant...

Keywords: Supplementation

The ICNFS 2015: 17th International Conference on Nutrition and Food Sciences will bring together leading academic scientists, researchers, and research scholars to share experiences and...

Keywords: Supplementation

The World Health Organization, in collaboration with the United Nations Children’s Fund, and the Micronutrient Initiative, will convene a meeting titled Multiple micronutrient supplements...

This qualitative study assessed rural Burkinabe young women’s understanding of anemia and the role of iron in preventing and treating this condition. The study found that women did not...

Animal-sourced foods, though good sources of vitamin A, are often too expensive for poor rural populations. Crops biofortified with provitamin A offer a convenient and accessible source of...