A Life Course Approach to the Prevention of Iron Deficiency Anemia in Indonesia

Ali Sungkar, Saptawati Bardosono, Rima Irwinda, Nurul R.M. Manikam, Rini Sekartini, Bernie E. Medise, Sri S. Nasar, Siti Helmyati, Anna Surti Ariani, Juntika Nurihsan, Emi Nurjasmi, Levina Chandra Khoe, Charisma Dilantika, Ray Wagiu Basrowi, Yvan Vandenplas

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Abstract

Iron deficiency anemia (IDA) has a long-term impact on each life stage and remains world-wide a major public health problem. Eleven experts were invited to participate in a virtual meeting to discuss the present situation and the available intervention to prevent iron deficiency anemia in Indonesia. The experts consisted of obstetric gynecologists, pediatricians, nutritionists, midwives, a clinical psychologist, and an education expert. Existing interventions focus attention on preconcep-tion and early childhood stages. Considering the inter-generational effects of IDA, we call attention to expanding strategies to all life stages through integrating political, educational, and nutritional interventions. The experts agreed that health education and nutritional intervention should be started since adolescence. Further research to explore the effectiveness of these interventions would be important for many regions in the world. The outcome of this Indonesian consensus is applicable worldwide.

Original languageEnglish
Article number277
JournalNutrients
Volume14
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2022

Keywords

  • Iron deficiency anemia
  • Life course approach
  • Nutrition

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