Improving Anemia Management in Mansa District, Punjab, India
Iron deficiency anemia in pregnancy can be successfully managed by simple interventions. It can be prevented and alleviated by eating foods high in iron and taking oral iron supplements. More serious cases can be treated by iron sucrose injections or blood transfusions. But while the treatments are simple, ensuring that all pregnant women receive the right and complete course of care at the right time is complex, requiring coordinated actions of multiple levels of a health system.
The USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) Project began working with health facilities in Mansa District, Punjab to improve anemia prevention and management in July 2014. This short report highlights the need for a strong, well-coordinated health system to reduce the burden of anemia in pregnancy, describes how such a system was built in Mansa District, and presents the results of this new system.