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Barriers and Enablers for Iron Folic Acid (IFA) Supplementation in Pregnant Women

This study assessed IFA supplementation programs in seven countries to better understand barriers and enablers for improved coverage and utilization of IFA supplements during pregnancy. Researchers conducted focus-group discussions and interviews with women, health care providers, and social influencers to analyze knowledge, attitudes, and practices associated with IFA supplementation. Authors concluded that there is a need to strengthen demand for antenatal care, especially during the first trimester, and to create an environment where IFA supplementation adherence is normalized. In addition, improved delivery of IFA supplementation (including the use of community-based delivery and counseling) and supply chain management are necessary for reducing systemic barriers.

Kendra Seikmans et al. Maternal & Child Nutrition (December, 2017).