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close this bookGuidelines for the Use of Iron Supplements to Prevent and Treat Iron Deficiency Anaemia (International Life Sciences Institute, 1998, 46 p.)
View the document(introduction...)
View the documentPreface
View the documentAcknowledgments
View the documentAbout INACG
View the documentBackground
View the documentPurpose of These Guidelines
View the documentOverview of Interventions for Controlling Iron Deficiency Anemia
View the documentSelecting and Prioritizing Interventions
View the documentGuidelines for Iron Supplementation to Prevent Iron Deficiency Anemia
View the documentGuidelines for Treatment or Referral of Severe Anemia in Primary Care Settings
View the documentFrom Guidelines to Programs
View the documentWhere to Go for More Help and Information
View the documentSelected Bibliography
View the documentAppendix A. Percentage and amount of iron in some commonly used iron compounds
View the documentAppendix B. Examples of materials used in iron supplementation programs
View the documentAppendix C. Addresses and World Wide Web sites for international agencies engaged in the control of iron deficiency anemia
View the documentAppendix D. Some sources of supplements and other supplies for iron supplementation programs

Purpose of These Guidelines

These guidelines address the appropriate uses of iron supplements to prevent and treat iron deficiency anemia in the context of public health programs. The specific purposes of this document are:

· to provide clear and simple recommendations for people planning to use iron supplements in anemia control programs at the local, district, or national levels;

· to address both the prevention of iron deficiency anemia and the treatment of severe anemia in public health contexts; and

· to integrate recommendations for the use of antimalarial and anthelminthic medications where appropriate along with iron supplements to prevent or treat anemia.

It is important to remember that these are guidelines, not rules. Any document written outside the context of a real program can only serve as a starting point for program planners, who are responsible for creatively adapting general guidelines to their particular social, political, and epidemiological situation. As much as possible, these guidelines draw on previous INACG and WHO documents as well as recommendations made by other expert groups.