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Acceptability and use of iron and iron-alloy cooking pots: implications for anaemia control programmes.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19476680     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the acceptability of iron and iron-alloy cooking pots prior to an intervention trial and to investigate factors affecting retention and use. DESIGN: Pre-trial research was conducted on five types of iron and iron-alloy pots using focus group discussions and a laboratory evaluation of Fe transfer during cooking was undertaken. Usage and retention during the subsequent intervention trial were investigated using focus group discussions and market monitoring. SETTING: Three refugee camps in western Tanzania. SUBJECTS: Refugee health workers were selected for pre-trial research. Mothers of children aged 6-59 months participated in the investigation of retention and use. RESULTS: Pre-trial research indicated that the stainless steel pot would be the only acceptable type for use in this population due to excessive rusting and/or the high weight of other types. Cooking three typical refugee dishes in stainless steel pots led to an increase in Fe content of 3.2 to 17.1 mg/100 g food (P < 0.001). During the trial, the acceptability of the stainless steel pots was lower than expected owing to difficulties with using, cleaning and their utility for other purposes. Households also continued to use their pre-existing pots, and stainless steel pots were sold to increase household income. CONCLUSIONS: Pre-trial research led to the selection of a stainless steel pot that met basic acceptability criteria. The relatively low usage reported during the trial highlights the limitations of using high-value iron-alloy cooking pots as an intervention in populations where poverty and the availability of other pots may lead to selling.
Katherine Tripp; Nancy Mackeith; Bradley A Woodruff; Leisel Talley; Laurent Mselle; Zahra Mirghani; Fathia Abdalla; Rita Bhatia; Andrew J Seal
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Multicenter Study; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2009-05-28
Journal Detail:
Title:  Public health nutrition     Volume:  13     ISSN:  1475-2727     ISO Abbreviation:  Public Health Nutr     Publication Date:  2010 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-12-17     Completed Date:  2010-02-16     Revised Date:  2010-03-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9808463     Medline TA:  Public Health Nutr     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  123-30     Citation Subset:  IM    
Maternal and Child Nutrition Branch, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Anemia, Iron-Deficiency / epidemiology,  prevention & control*
Consumer Satisfaction*
Cookery / instrumentation*
Cooking and Eating Utensils*
Focus Groups
Intervention Studies
Iron, Dietary / administration & dosage*,  metabolism
Refugees* / psychology
Stainless Steel / economics
Tanzania / epidemiology
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Iron, Dietary; 12597-68-1/Stainless Steel; 58719-23-6/fecralloy; 7439-89-6/Iron
Erratum In:
Public Health Nutr. 2010 Jan;13(1):145

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