The Accelerated Reduction Effort on Anaemia (AREA) Community of Practice (COP), facilitated by the United Nations System Standing Committee on Nutrition (UNSCN) and moderated by the U.S. Agency for International Development's (USAID’s) SPRING project, was launched in June 2015. The AREA COP provides a unique opportunity to connect with other professionals and stay abreast of the latest developments in anemia-related research, policy, and implementation. Since the AREA COP’s creation in May 2015, it has grown to more than 700 members from over 55 countries. The COP webinar series presents cutting-edge and timely topics to members based on their feedback and the latest happenings in the field.
On January 31, 2017, the COP hosted its fifth webinar, Recognizing the Complexity of Anaemia in Bangladesh, attended by 156 people. The topic proved to be of interest to both current and new members. Attendees were actively engaged, with many questions stemming from the findings on the iron content of groundwater and its implications for iron supplementation. The Q&A shared after the session is available on the AREA website for members.
In addition to hosting webinars, the COP disseminates anemia-related vacancy and conference announcements, recent publications, and reports. For example, since the last resource review, the following were shared:
- An announcement about the public consultation for the Global Accelerated Action for the Health of Adolescents (AA-HA!) Implementation Guidance Draft
- A brief on the Asociacion Red Innova’s work on estimating prevalence of anemia in rural Amazonian communities, for review by members prior to submission to the SCN News
- The WHO’s call for authors on the use and interpretation of hemoglobin concentrations for assessing anemia status in individuals and populations
- A recent publication on results from a controlled feeding trial of fortified wheat flour among adolescent girls in a district of Pakistan, from faculty at the KPK Agricultural University
- A call for papers on the current practices and case studies around the associated risk of excessive intake of vitamins and minerals delivered through public health interventions
- The Nutrition News for Africa’s review of the WHO’s publication, Accelerating Nutrition Improvements. Best Practices for Scaling Up. Examples from Ethiopia, Uganda, and the United Republic of Tanzania
- An active debate among members regarding the new findings from the HarvestPlus-commissioned systematic review of 23 countries on the proportion of anemia attributable to iron deficiency.
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