The silent burden of anaemia in Tanzanian children: A community-based study

D. Schellenberg, J. R M Armstrong Schellenberg, A. Mushi, D. De Savigny, L. Mgalula, C. Mbuya, C. G. Victora

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Abstract

Objective: To document the prevalence, age-distribution, and risk factors for anaemia in Tanzanian children less than 5 years old, thereby assisting in the development of effective strategies for controlling anaemia. Methods: Cluster sampling was used to identify 2417 households at random from four contiguous districts in south-eastern United Republic of Tanzania in mid-1999. Data on various social and medical parameters were collected and analysed. Findings: Blood haemoglobin concentrations (Hb) were available for 1979 of the 2131 (93%) children identified and ranged from 1.7 to 18.6 g/dl. Overall, 87% (1722) of children had an Hb

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)581-590
Number of pages10
JournalBulletin of the World Health Organization
Volume81
Issue number8
StatePublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Anemia/epidemiology/prevention and control/drug therapy
  • Antimalarials/therapeutic use
  • Blood transfusion
  • Child, Preschool
  • Cluster analysis
  • Cost of illness
  • Immunization programs
  • Iron, Dietary/ therapeutic use
  • Malaria, Falciparum/complications

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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    Schellenberg, D., Schellenberg, J. R. M. A., Mushi, A., De Savigny, D., Mgalula, L., Mbuya, C., & Victora, C. G. (2003). The silent burden of anaemia in Tanzanian children: A community-based study. Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 81(8), 581-590.