Anemia: a threat to women's health in Sierra Leone
Published On : 2018-10-22 12:35:34
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Today in Sierra Leone, how many men accompany their wives/partners to clinic during pregnancy?


Anemia is a serious public health problem in Sierra Leone especially during pregnacy.


According to the 2013 Sierra Leone Micronutrient Survey (SLMS), Anemia is affecting about 70% of pregnant and 45% non-pregnant women in the country.


WHO defines anemia as a condition in which the number of red blood cells or their oxygen-carrying capacity is insufficient to meet physiologic needs, which vary by age, sex, altitude, smoking, and pregnancy status.


Iron deficiency is thought to be the most common cause of anemia globally, although other conditions, such as folate, vitamin B12 and vitamin A deficiencies, chronic inflammation, parasitic infections, and inherited disorders can all cause anaemia.


In its severe form, it is associated with fatigue, weakness, dizziness and drowsiness. Pregnant women and children are particularly vulnerable.


The SLMS 2013 Survey also shows that Iodine status is high in both pregnant and non-pregnant women. In non-pregnant women, the prevalence of iron deficiency, iron deficiency anemia, vitamin A deficiency, and B12 deficiency are relatively low. On the contrary, folate deficiency affects nearly 8 out of 10 non-pregnant women.


Men can support their pregnant wives/partners to prevent anaemia in pregnancy.


Men should accompany their pregnant women to the clinic, the health workers will guid you on what food and treatments pregnant women need during pregancy.


Today in Sierra Leone, how many men accompany their wives/partners to clinic during pregnancy?


A question that needs to be answered.


Sierra Leone has one of the highest maternal and child mortality in the world and anaemia is one of the contributing factors.
Sierra Leonean men we can change these deaths to survival.


Let's support women during pregnancy.


Pregnancy is not a death sentenced for women in Sierra Leone. 

 

By: Sallieu Sesay

 
 
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