Prevalence and correlates of anemia among adolescents in Nepal: Findings from a nationally representative cross-sectional survey
Binaya Chalise, Krishna Kumar Aryal, Ranju Kumari Mehta, Meghnath Dhimal, Femila Sapkota, Suresh Mehata, Khem Bahadur Karki, Donya Madjdian, George Patton, Susan Sawyer
PLOS ONE | PUBLIC LIBRARY SCIENCE | Published : 2018
Anemia is regarded as major public health problem among adolescents in Low and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs) but there is limited primary data in many countries, including Nepal. This study investigated the prevalence and correlates of anemia in a nationally representative sample of adolescents within the 2014 National Adolescent Nutrition Survey in Nepal. A total of 3780 adolescents aged 10 to 19 years were selected from a cross-sectional survey through multi-stage cluster sampling. Structured interviews, anthropometric measurements and hemoglobin assessments of capillary blood were obtained. Bivariate and multivariable analyses were undertaken to compute the Adjusted Odds Ratio (aOR) for..View full abstract
Nepal Health Research Council has financially supported the administration of the survey.The authors would like to acknowledge the Nepal Health Research Council for ethical review, as well as for technical and financial support for this study. The authors would like to thank Prof Ramesh Kant Adhakari, Dr. Guna Raj Lohani, Mr. Bihungum Bista, Mr. Bijay Kumar Jha and Mr. Purushottam Dhakal for their advice and support in this study. Special thanks go to the enumerators as well as the research participants.