What is it about?

Anemia is still a public health priority. In some places such as Peru, the rates of this condition remain high despite iron supplementation programs. Here we evaluated if outdoor air pollution was associated with anemia in children under 5 years old as a way to assess other factors besides nutrition playing a role in the high prevalence of anemia in the country. Results show that air pollution is associated with a decrease in hemoglobin and a higher rate of severe anemia.

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Why is it important?

It adds to the current body of evidence linking anemia with exposure to air pollution.


I believe this study is important because it opens the debate on how an integral approach to reduce anemia needs to take into account environmental regulations that in Peru do not follow the guidance of the WHO.

Dulce E. Alarcón-Yaquetto
Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia

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This page is a summary of: Increased Outdoor PM2.5 Concentration Is Associated with Moderate/Severe Anemia in Children Aged 6–59 Months in Lima, Peru, Journal of Environmental and Public Health, July 2019, Hindawi Publishing Corporation, DOI: 10.1155/2019/6127845.
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