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Archived: Daily iron and folic acid supplementation in pregnant women


World Health Organization


Publication details

Editors: World Health Organization
Number of pages: 27
Publication date: 2012
Languages: English, Portuguese, Spanish
ISBN: 978 92 4 150199 6



This guideline provides global, evidence-informed recommendations on daily iron and folic acid supplementation in pregnant women as a public health intervention for the purpose of improving pregnancy outcomes and reducing maternal anaemia in pregnancy.

The guideline will help Members States and their partners in their efforts to make informed decisions on the appropriate nutrition actions to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, in particular, reduction of child mortality (MDG 4) and improvement in maternal health (MDG 5). The guideline is intended for a wide audience including policy-makers, their expert advisers, and technical and programme staff at organizations involved in the design, implementation and scaling-up of nutrition actions for public health.