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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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

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Anemia
Tanzania
Age Factors
Age Distribution
Hemoglobins

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

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  • 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.

The silent burden of anaemia in Tanzanian children : A community-based study. / Schellenberg, D.; Schellenberg, J. R M Armstrong; Mushi, A.; De Savigny, D.; Mgalula, L.; Mbuya, C.; Victora, C. G.

In: Bulletin of the World Health Organization, Vol. 81, No. 8, 2003, p. 581-590.

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Schellenberg, D, Schellenberg, JRMA, Mushi, A, De Savigny, D, Mgalula, L, Mbuya, C & Victora, CG 2003, 'The silent burden of anaemia in Tanzanian children: A community-based study', Bulletin of the World Health Organization, vol. 81, no. 8, pp. 581-590.
Schellenberg D, Schellenberg JRMA, Mushi A, De Savigny D, Mgalula L, Mbuya C et al. The silent burden of anaemia in Tanzanian children: A community-based study. Bulletin of the World Health Organization. 2003;81(8):581-590.
Schellenberg, D. ; Schellenberg, J. R M Armstrong ; Mushi, A. ; De Savigny, D. ; Mgalula, L. ; Mbuya, C. ; Victora, C. G. / The silent burden of anaemia in Tanzanian children : A community-based study. In: Bulletin of the World Health Organization. 2003 ; Vol. 81, No. 8. pp. 581-590.
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