Despite the strong evidence that iron supplementation can benefit women who are iron deficient, there is little known about the safety of iron supplementation for women who are not. However, a guideline set in 2016 by the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends daily iron supplementation as a public health intervention to prevent and control anemia in areas where the prevalence of anemia is 40% or higher.
Dr. Karakochuk and her team aim to address this knowledge gap by studying a group of Cambodian women who, in accordance with the WHO policy, have been administered daily iron supplementation. Their findings will help inform future global policy for blanket iron supplementation in non-pregnant women worldwide.
The project grant will provide $187,424 over three years.