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Weekly Iron and Folic acid Supplementation as a tool to Reduce Anemia among Primary School Children in Cambodia


Prevalence of anemia decreased from 62% to 12% and from 57% to 26% in children, 5-11 years of age, in two rural primary schools in Kampot province, Cambodia, after oral supplementation weekly with iron/folic acid tablets for 20 weeks and with vitamin A and mebendazole twice per year. In 12 – 15 year old children success was less marked. Prevalence of hookworm infestation did not change, but the number of egg in the stool decreased drastically. The intervention had no significant influence on stunting and wasting. An integrated community approach including mass de-worming, health education and multi-micronutrient supplementation seems to be a promising approach to reduce anemia in school children


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GTZ-Food Security and Policy Support Project

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