What is it about?

This study assesses anemia's prevalence and influencing factors among women of reproductive age in 46 low- and middle-income countries using data from 2010 to 2021. Including over 881,000 women, the research found anemia rates of 45.2% in pregnant and 39.5% in non-pregnant women. Education level, wealth status, family size, media exposure, and residence significantly impact anemia presence, underscoring the need for targeted interventions and a global commitment to reducing anemia prevalence.

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Why is it important?

Our study is distinct in its comprehensive analysis across numerous countries, providing a detailed picture of anemia in women of reproductive age—a condition impacting mortality and morbidity. By highlighting the widespread nature and various influencing factors of anemia, the research presents a timely call for global health strategies to address this issue, especially in low- and middle-income countries where anemia remains a significant challenge.


Engaging with this research was profoundly impactful, illuminating the scale and severity of anemia among women in developing contexts. The findings emphasize the importance of education, economic empowerment, and healthcare accessibility in combating anemia. This work fuels my dedication to improving global health policies and interventions, aiming to mitigate anemia's effects and enhance the well-being of women worldwide.

Mr Ferry Efendi
Universitas Airlangga

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This page is a summary of: Prevalence and factors associated with anemia in women of reproductive age across low- and middle-income countries based on national data, Scientific Reports, November 2023, Springer Science + Business Media,
DOI: 10.1038/s41598-023-46739-z.
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