Positive Impact of a Weekly Iron-Folic Acid Supplement Delivered with Social Marketing to Cambodian Women: Compliance, Participation, and Hemoglobin Levels Increase with Higher Socioeconomic Status

Byron L. Crape, Eric Kenefick, Tommaso Cavalli-Sforza, Jennifer Busch-Hallen, Silvano Milani, Koum Kanal

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Abstract

A social marketing program promoting weekly iron-folic acid supplementation improved hemoglobin levels in women of reproductive age in Cambodia. Supplementation was increasingly effective among women of higher socioeconomic status (SES). Among higher SES schoolgirls, 58% took the supplements, compared with 49% for lower SES (P = 0.07). Garment factory workers with an 11th- or 12th-grade education had a mean improvement in hemoglobin of 0.72 g/dL over those with a 5th-grade education or less (P = 0.04). The percentage of rural village women taking supplements increased with increasing SES (linear trend P = 0.046). These results suggest that women with lower SES be given special attention for future programs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S134-S138
JournalNutrition Reviews
Volume63
Issue numberSUPPL.2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2005

Keywords

  • Cambodia
  • Iron-folic acid
  • Social marketing
  • Socioeconomic status

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics

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