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The impact of weekly iron supplementation on the iron status and growth of adolescent girls in Tanzania

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We evaluated the effect of weekly doses of 400 mg of ferrous sulphate for 4  months on the iron status of adolescent girls in a controlled trial in Tanga, Tanzania. Supplementation led to a significantly greater increase in serum ferritin compared with the control group (+ 15.6 μg/l vs. 8.6 μg/l) (P = 0.002) but there was no significant difference in change in haemoglobin. Children given iron showed a significantly greater weight gain than controls (+ 2.4 kg vs. + 1.4 kg) (P = 0.03). Weekly iron supplementation may be an effective means of increasing iron stores and growth in children vulnerable to iron deficiency.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2000-11-01

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