Benin and Vietnam (Contact: Claudia Schauer; Planning Stage)
In developing countries of Asia and Africa prevalence of anemia ranges from 45 to 76% and weaning infants, adolescent girls and women of reproductive age (WRA) are at particular risk. The etiology of anemia in both Benin and Vietnam is multifactorial thereby, necessitating interventions to address multiple causes of anemia to achieve the desired results.
We are evaluating a combination of interventions to reduce iron deficiency and anemia in Benin and Vietnam. In each country we will test iron cooking pots as well as one dietary intervention, (Sprinkles) and one public health intervention (anti-helminth).
Phase I: Field-based qualitative research will be carried out to determine which interventions are most acceptable and affordable. In addition, a lab-based study will be conducted to determine the increase in iron content and to estimate bioavailability of iron from typical weaning foods and traditional family foods cooked …