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Iron deficiency anemia and its problems

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From the public health viewpoint, the most significant common cause of nutritional anemia in Indonesia is iron deficiency. The second most common cause is folate deficiency, often present in pregnant women and low birth-weight babies. Other nutritional deficiencies which play a less important role are vitamin B12 deficiency and possibly protein deficiency. There are many factors contributing to this problem:

  • Deficiency anemia, especially iron deficiency anemia, may have an effect on morbidity, growth and behavioral alterations in children; it may increase the incidence of perinatal or neonatal morbidity and mortality in pregnant women; and may have an impact on physical endurance and productivity significant for national development planning in Indonesia.

  • The population growth, which is 2.15 percent and the total population of approximately 164 million inhabitants.

  • Geographical situation.

  • Feeding pattern and caloric pattern.

  • Socio-economic condition.


  • Iron Deficiency
  • Iron Deficiency Anemia
  • Iron Supplementation
  • National Development Planning
  • Nutritional Anemia

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Hardjojoewono, A.G.S. (1990). Iron deficiency anemia and its problems. In: Visser, H.K.A., Bindels, J.G. (eds) Child Nutrition in South East Asia. Eighth Nutricia Symposium. Springer, Dordrecht.

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