Weekly Iron-Folic Acid Supplements to Prevent Anemia among Cambodian Women in Three Settings: Process and Outcomes of Social Marketing and Community Mobilization

Koum Kanal, Jennifer Busch-Hallen, Tommaso Cavalli-Sforza, Byron Crape, Suttilak Smitasiri

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Abstract

Social marketing and community mobilization approaches were applied in a pilot program to introduce weekly iron-folic acid supplementation to prevent anemia in Cambodian women of reproductive age. The program was implemented in three very different environments: secondary school girls, women working in garment factories in the vicinity of Phnom Penh, and women in rural villages. Each population provided its own challenges and obstacles. However, all three groups of women showed substantial improvements in knowledge about the causes, consequences, and prevention of anemia, and the large majority reported interest in continuing to take the supplements.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S126-S133
JournalNutrition Reviews
Volume63
Issue numberSUPPL.2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2005

Keywords

  • Anemia
  • Cambodia
  • Community mobilization
  • Multisectoral collaboration
  • Social marketing
  • Weekly iron-folic acid supplementation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics

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