Faces Of Anemia
"Faces of Anemia" aims to bring attention - and give a face to - the usually invisible health problem of nutritional anemia. The World Health Organization estimates that 2 billion people – over 30% of the world’s population – are anemic. Many of these individuals are anemic due to deficiencies in iron or other nutrients such as vitamin B12, zinc, and folic acid.
When we ask people what is like to have nutritional anemia, they describe chronic fatigue that interferes with their daily tasks. They say it feels like they have constant jet lag or that they are trying to walk through quicksand. Read their stories here.
Lack of energy for routine chores is just one aspect of nutritional anemia. It also increases infant and maternal mortality, impairs physical and cognitive development, and reduces immune status. Despite these consequences, it is often overlooked as a serious health problem.
Let's face it: awareness about the severity of anemia needs to change. The authors of a study published in 2013 noted that if present trends are maintained, the probability of halving anemia among women of reproductive age by the year 2025 is negligible at the global level.
Each year of flour fortification is associated with a 2.4% decrease in anemia. But this is an under-utilized strategy as less than half the world's grains are fortified. Click to see what you can do and contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Let's face nutritional anemia together.
"When I was pregnant with my second child, on a few occasions I found myself dizzy and on the verge of fainting. The scariest part was that each time I was alone, twice when I was behind the wheel of a car and another time in my backyard gardening when no one else was home.
"The consequences could have been dire, and the experiences were scary, but fortunately I recovered quickly each time. After beginning iron supplementation, I ceased to have these problems which, needless to say, was a huge relief."
- Danielle B. Suchdev
- Nutritional Anemia published by Sight and Life Press in 2007
- Economic consequences of vitamin and mineral deficiencies
- Productivity losses from vitamin and mineral deficiencies
- World Health Organization information on iron deficiency
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