Nutrition

Vitamin A supplementation in pregnant women

Guideline

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World Health Organization

Publication details

Number of pages: 30
Publication date: 2011
Languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish
ISBN: 978 92 4 150178 1

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Overview

This guideline provides global, evidence-informed recommendations on the use of vitamin A supplements in pregnant women for the prevention of morbidity, mortality and night blindness in populations where vitamin A deficiency may be a public health concern.

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

Evidence

  • van den Broek N et al.
    Vitamin A supplementation during pregnancy for maternal and newborn outcomes. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2010, Issue 11. Art. No.: CD008666. DOI:10.1002/14651858.CD008666.pub2.
  • Rumbold A et al.
    Vitamin supplementation for preventing miscarriage. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2011, Issue 1. Art. No.: CD004073. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD004073.pub3.