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Nutr Rev. 2005 Dec;63(12 Pt 2):S126-33.

Weekly iron-folic acid supplements to prevent anemia among Cambodian women in three settings: process and outcomes of social marketing and community mobilization.

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National Maternal Child Health Centre at the Ministry of Health, Cambodia.


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.

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