Preventing Anemia

A group of women with their infants

SPRING is supporting USAID’s global efforts to prevent and reduce anemia using multisectoral and evidence-based approaches at local, national, and global levels.

Affecting approximately two billion people worldwide, Anemia is an urgent public health problem caused by a complex interaction between malnutrition, infectious diseases, genetics, and other factors*. Accordingly, SPRING’s anemia prevention and control activities involve multisectoral and integrated approaches that identify and address the specific causes in given settings and populations.

Through these efforts, SPRING hopes to build coordinated and sustained country ownership of anemia interventions, leading to a global reduction of anemia and a positive impact on health.

A causal framework on the direct and underlying causes of anemia and the subsequent consequences, along with programmatic pathways for anemia prevention and control, can be found on this page.


Collage showing a MNP packet, a sign of Namutumba, a presentation of data, and a SPRING vehicle
Feb 2017
SPRING supervises the collection of data from 1,600 individuals to provide guidance for implementation of micronutrient powder (MNP) programs.
Participants pose for a group picture outside the Family Choice Maize Mill
Jan 2017
Adopting Sanku’s technology in Uganda will enable small- and medium-scale maize millers to fortify flour at a low cost.
Receiving a certificate for competent testing of fortified foods
Dec 2016
During an awards ceremony in Kampala, laboratories were recognized to do competent testing of fortified foods.