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The effect of a school-based weekly iron supplementation delivery system among anemic schoolchildren in the Philippines.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17538541     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To determine the effect of a school-based weekly iron supplementation delivery system (WISDS) on the prevalence of anemia among anemic schoolchildren. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Two hundred and forty-two Filipino schoolchildren aged 6-12 years with hemoglobin (Hb) concentration <12 g/dl and enrolled for school year 2003-2004. UNICEF iron-folate tablets containing 60 mg elemental iron and 0.40 mg folic acid were given weekly through directly observed supplementation by the teachers for 27 weeks. Compliance to iron supplementation was monitored by the teachers and was recorded using a monitoring form and a supplementation calendar. Hb concentration, weight and height were determined at baseline and at post-intervention. RESULTS: At post-intervention, the participants' mean Hb concentration increased by 0.4 g/dl (95% confidence interval =0.3, 0.5 g/dl; P<0.0001), anemia prevalence was reduced by 53.7, and 84.3% of the participants had 100% compliance to supplementation. CONCLUSIONS: The school-based WISDS reduced anemia prevalence among anemic schoolchildren and resulted in high compliance to and coverage of iron supplementation.
M G D Risonar; L W Tengco; P Rayco-Solon; F S Solon
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2007-05-30
Journal Detail:
Title:  European journal of clinical nutrition     Volume:  62     ISSN:  0954-3007     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur J Clin Nutr     Publication Date:  2008 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-08-06     Completed Date:  2008-12-31     Revised Date:  2009-11-19    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8804070     Medline TA:  Eur J Clin Nutr     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  991-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Social Science Research Division, Nutrition Center of the Philippines, Taguig City, Philippines.
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MeSH Terms
Anemia, Iron-Deficiency / drug therapy*,  epidemiology,  prevention & control
Child Nutritional Physiological Phenomena / physiology*
Dietary Supplements
Hemoglobins / analysis*,  drug effects
Iron, Dietary / administration & dosage,  therapeutic use*
Patient Compliance*
Philippines / epidemiology
Treatment Outcome
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Hemoglobins; 0/Iron, Dietary

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