Use of formative research to develop a behaviour change strategy to promote iron-folic acid and calcium supplementation in pregnancy

UntitledA new article published in Maternal and Child Nutrition by Stephanie Martin, Gretchen Seim, Salome Wawire, Gina Chapleau, Sera Young and Kate Dickin, describes conducting in-depth interviews with pregnant and postpartum women and health workers in western Kenya to examine barriers and facilitators to adherence to prenatal micronutrient supplements (Click here for the full article). Findings were used to develop a multi-level behavior change approach with activities targeting the health system, health facility, community, household, and individual levels (Click here to access the supplementary behavior change materials).

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  1. The evidence from randomized controlled trials shows that calcium supplementation helps prevent preeclampsia and preterm birth and reduce the risk that a pregnant die or have serious problems related to hypertension in pregnancy. This particularly in patients with low calcium diets.

    In the context of a low dietary intake of calcium supplementation where a high dose is not possible, the option to administer supplements at lower doses (500-600 mg / day) may be preferable to no supplementation.

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