Nutrition

Guidelines for the use of iron supplements to prevent and treat iron deficiency anemia

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Authors:
International Nutritional Anemia Consultative Group (INACG), World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Childrens Fund (UNICEF)

Publication details

Editors: Rebecca J. Stoltzfus, Michele L. Dreyfuss
Number of pages: 39
Publication date: 1998
Languages: English
ISBN: 1-57881-020-5 (ILSI Press)

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Overview

These guidelines address the appropriate uses of iron supplements to prevent and treat iron deficiency anemia in the context of public health programs. The specific purposes of this document are:

  • to provide clear and simple recommendations for people planning to use iron supplements in anemia control programs at the local, district, or national levels;
  • to address both the prevention of iron deficiency anemia and the treatment of severe anemia in public health contexts; and
  • to integrate recommendations for the use of antimalarial and anthelmintic medications where appropriate along with iron supplements to prevent or treat anemia.