Pregnancy and the postnatal period are critical times for ensuring the health and wellbeing of women and their children. Anaemia during pregnancy is common and can have serious consequences for both mother and child, including increased risk of low birthweight and preterm birth, as well as maternal and perinatal mortality.[1&2] Iron deficiency is a major cause of anaemia among pregnant women. Iron requirements increase substantially during pregnancy and it is difficult to meet these needs with food alone. Based on evidence of reduced risk of anaemia, iron deficiency and other adverse outcomes including having a low birthweight baby, WHO recommends daily iron and folic acid (IFA) supplementation throughout pregnancy, together with appropriate nutrition counselling. This is in addition to a series of other recommendations for nutrition interventions as part of antenatal care for a positive pregnancy experience and other important maternal and child outcomes.
Nutrition International contributes to improving Maternal Nutrition in the Philippines by:
This work is implemented in partnership with DOH-Family Health Office (FHO) and National Nutrition Council (NNC), the health and nutrition offices at the regional, provincial and municipal levels, Helen Keller International and UNICEF in 45 municipalities in seven provinces of Antique, Bohol, Camarines Norte, Cebu, Iloilo and Zamboanga del Norte. NI support to Maternal Nutrition programming in the Philippines began in 2016 and is ongoing.
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