Does weekly iron supplementation increase iron uptake in pregnant women and improve maternal and infant health? [ 2010 - 2013 ]

Also known as: Does weekly iron improve pregnancy outcomes?

Research Grant

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Researchers: Prof Beverley-Ann Biggs (Principal investigator) ,  Dr Tuan Tran Prof Jane Fisher Prof Terry Dwyer

Brief description Anaemia and iron deficiency are common in pregnant women in developing countries and cause fatigue, prematurity, low birth weight, impaired infant groowth and development. Daily iron is recommended in pregnancy but often not taken because of unpleasant side-effects. Better strategies are needed to maintain iron and haemoglobin during pregnancy. We will compare the effect of weekly and daily iron tablets in 1200 pregnant Vietnamese women on anaemia rates, birthweight, maternal and infant health.

Funding Amount $AUD 830,171.37

Funding Scheme NHMRC Project Grants

Notes Standard Project Grant

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