Journal article

Antenatal Iron Supplementation Regimens for Pregnant Women in Rural Vietnam and Subsequent Haemoglobin Concentration and Anaemia among Their Infants

Duc Tran Thach, Jane Fisher, Sarah Hanieh, Tuan Tran, Julie Anne Simpson, Ha Tran, Beverley-Ann Biggs



BACKGROUND: Little evidence about the effects of antenatal iron supplementation on infant anaemia is available. The aim was to compare effects on six-month-old infants' Haemoglobin (Hb) concentration and anaemia of daily iron-folic acid (IFA), twice-weekly IFA with or without other micronutrients (MMN) and usual antenatal care in rural Vietnam. METHODS AND FINDINGS: Secondary data analysis from: a prospective population-based observational study (OS) which examined effects of antenatal psychosocial factors, anaemia and iron deficiency on infant development and health; and a three-arm cluster randomised trial (CRT) of different antenatal iron supplementation regimens. In the OS 497 women (<20..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council

Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia

Funding Acknowledgements

The Observational study was funded by Australian Research Council Discovery Project Grant DP0986594. This Trial was funded through a grant from the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia (Grant number 628751). JF is supported by a Professorial Fellowship from Monash University and the Jean Hailes Professorial Fellowship. TDT is supported by a Bridging Postdoctoral Research Fellowship from Monash University. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.