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Barriers and enablers for iron folic acid (IFA) supplementation in pregnant women

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Authors: Kendra Siekmans, Marion L. Roche, Jacqueline K. Kung’u, Rachelle E. Desrochers, Luz Maria De-Regil
Publication date: December 22, 2017
Source: Maternal & Child Nutrition


This paper reviews and summarizes the barriers and enablers for improved coverage and utilization of iron and folic acid (IFA) supplements by pregnant women in 7 countries in Africa and Asia.

Mixed Methods were used to analyzed IFA supplementation programmes in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, and Senegal based on formative research conducted in 2012-2013.

Findings will help to inform large scale supplementation programme design.




Afghanistan, Africa, Asia, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Folic Acid/Folate, Indonesia, Iron, Kenya, Maternal and Newborn Health, Nigeria, Research Documents, Senegal, Supplementation