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Combating Anemia among Refugees Through Micronutrient Powder The Case of Bangladesh

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Anemia is a severe public health problem among under five 5 children (> 40%) and a serious concern for preg- nant and lactating women (> 30%) among refugees residing in the two camps of Kutupalong (KTP) and Nayapara (NYP), Bangladesh, according to previous assessments. The United Nations High Commis sion for Refugees (UNHCR) has initiated a one-year project, currently in its second month, to reduce the prevalence of anemia among vulnerable groups through the distribution and promotion of the micronutrient powder, MixMe™, which can be added to individual portions of food dur- ing meal times. UNHCR in collaboration with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is the coordinating agency for the project, providing techni- cal support and partnering with the Ministry of Health (MOH) and Research Training and Man age ment International (RTMI) in its implementation. Baseline program assessment (hemoglobin tests) in KTP con- firm anemia to be a severe public health problem among all target groups, i.e. under-five children (54.7%), adolescent girls (43.2%), and pregnant women (67.4%). Baseline assessment in NYP has been scheduled for October.

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Year 2008
Authors Zahid Jamal Khattak
Language English
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DOI https://doi.org/10.52439/CHOI7129
DOI Number 10.52439/CHOI7129
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