Improving Workplace-Based Intervention in Indonesia to Prevent and Control Anemia

Muchtaruddin Mansyur, Levina Chandra Khoe, Michelle Marcella Karman, Mohammad Ilyas

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Abstract

Purpose: The present study determined female workers’ experiences and preferences to improve the workplace anemia prevention program in Indonesia by studying their perception of anemia, as well as its risk factors and control. Methods: This qualitative study was conducted using focus group discussions (FGDs) to assess female workers’ understanding about anemia and possible improvements for workplace-based intervention in a factory located in East Jakarta, Indonesia. Participants were consisted of 14 FGD groups according to anemia status and potential affecting characteristics, including marital status, ethnicity, religion, and frequency of medical consultations. A semistructured questionnaire was used to determine participants’ ideas and experiences of anemia control. Results: A total of 14 FGDs were conducted including 105 female workers who participated in this study. More than half of the participants showed a good understanding of the signs and symptoms of anemia. They expected the company to improve the factory health service by improving accessibility and affordability of food and controlling hazardous substances considered risk factors of anemia in the workplace. Conclusion: Female workers have valuable experience and ideas that should be considered to improve workplace-based anemia intervention. They proposed improvement of workplace-based health services such as improving factory canteen and clinics services and controlling potential anemia risk hazards in the workplace.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Primary Care and Community Health
Volume10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2019

Keywords

  • anemia
  • female workers
  • health services
  • nutrition education
  • workplace-based intervention

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