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Guideline: Intermittent Iron and Folic Acid Supplementation in Menstruating Women

Geneva: World Health Organization; .
ISBN-13: 978-92-4-150202-3

Overview

This guideline provides global, evidence-informed, recommendations on the intermittent use of iron and folic acid supplements as a public health measure for the purpose of reducing anaemia and improving iron status among menstruating women.

The guideline will help Members States and their partners in their efforts to make informed decisions on the appropriate nutrition actions to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, in particular, promotion of gender equality and empowerment of women (MDG 3) and improvement in maternal health (MDG 5). The guideline is intended for a wide audience including policy-makers, their expert advisers, and technical and programme staff at organizations involved in the design, implementation and scaling-up of nutrition actions for public health.

This guideline replaces a previous statement on weekly iron and folic acid supplementation in women of reproductive age which was published in 2009.

Contents

This publication is a WHO guideline. A WHO guideline is any document, whatever its title, containing WHO recommendations about health interventions, whether they be clinical, public health or policy interventions. A recommendation provides information about what policy-makers, health-care providers or patients should do. It implies a choice between different interventions that have an impact on health and that have ramifications for the use of resources. All publications containing WHO recommendations are approved by the WHO Guidelines Review Committee.

Suggested citation:

WHO. Guideline: Intermittent iron and folic acid supplementation in menstruating women. Geneva, World Health Organization, 2011.

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Bookshelf ID: NBK179900PMID: 24479204

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