Iron or iron/folic acid supplementation to prevent anaemia in postpartum women
Iron deficiency and anaemia are important public health problems worldwide, particularly among women of reproductive age. The consequences of iron deficiency and anaemia during the postpartum period (six weeks after child birth) can be serious and have long-term health implications for the mother and her child.
Intermittent iron and folic acid supplementation is recommended by WHO as a public health intervention for menstruating women living in settings where anaemia is highly prevalent. In the postpartum period, iron supplementation, either alone or in combination with folic acid, may reduce the risk of anaemia by improving the iron status of the mother.
Results from a systematic review of the benefits or harms of this intervention in postpartum women will inform policy-making and assist in the development of WHO recommendations.
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Related Cochrane reviews
- Effects of preventive oral supplementation with iron or iron with folic acid for women following childbirth (Protocol)