The effect of intermittent antenatal iron supplementation on maternal and infant outcomes in rural Viet Nam: a cluster randomised trial

Sarah Hanieh, Tran Thu Ha, Julie A Simpson, Gerard J Casey, Nguyen Khuong, Dang D Thoang, Tran T Thuy, Sant-Rayn Pasricha, Thach Duc Tran, Tran Tuan, Terence D Dwyer, Jane Rosamond Woodward Fisher, Beverley-Ann Biggs

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Abstract

Anemia affects over 500 million women, and in pregnancy is associated with impaired maternal and infant outcomes. Intermittent antenatal iron supplementation is an attractive alternative to daily dosing; however, the impact of this strategy on infant outcomes remains unclear. We compared the effect of intermittent antenatal iron supplementation with daily iron supplementation on maternal and infant outcomes in rural Viet Nam. Methods and Findings This cluster randomised trial was conducted in Ha Nam province, Viet Nam. 1,258 pregnant women (
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1 - 15
Number of pages15
JournalPLoS Medicine
Volume10
Issue number6 (Art. No.: e1001470)
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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