What is it about?

Through a mixed-methods research, we share the most important barriers that need to be addressed in order to adequately provide iron and folic acid supplementation to pregnant women in low resource settings in order to prevent anaemia and birth defects.

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Why is it important?

Our findings show that the problems facing women in accessing antenatal services generally and iron and folic acid supplements in particular are multi-faceted and need to be handled from many angles.


This work is important as it addresses important challenges faced by already disadvantaged women in accessing services and we hope it will be able to help in addressing them adequately.

Moses Simuyemba
University of Zambia

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This page is a summary of: A root cause analysis of sub-optimal uptake and compliance to iron and folic acid supplementation in pregnancy in 7 districts of Zambia, BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, January 2020, Springer Science + Business Media,
DOI: 10.1186/s12884-019-2700-1.
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