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Title: Are Infants Less than 6 Months of Age a Neglected Group for Anemia Prevention in Low-Income Countries?
Author: Moraleda Redecilla, Cinta
Rabinovich, Regina
Alonso, Pedro
Menéndez, Clara
Keywords: Anèmia
Infants nadons
Newborn infants
Issue Date: 18-Dec-2017
Publisher: American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Abstract: Anemia is a major public health problem that affects mainly children, predominantly in low-income countries and most often due to iron deficiency (ID). Administration of iron supplements to prevent and treat ID anemia in malaria endemic areas has been controversial for decades; however, recent World Health Organization guidelines recommend universal iron supplementation for children in highly prevalent anemia settings, including those where malaria is endemic. However, infants younger than 6 months of age have been exempted from this recommendation because ID is not considered prevalent at this age and because of assumptions-without evidence-that they are protected from ID through breast milk. To achieve full impact of anemia prevention targeting infants less than 6 months of age who are at highest risk of ID, operational studies that conclusively demonstrate the effectiveness and safety of delivering iron supplements to young infants in settings with a high burden of infectious diseases, including malaria, are needed.
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It is part of: The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 2017
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ISSN: 0002-9637
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