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Effect of Single-Dose Albendazole and Vitamin A Supplementation on the Iron Status of Pre-school Children in Sichuan, China

This study, conducted on anemic, pre-school aged children in China, analyzed the impact of single-dose albendazole for deworming and vitamin A supplementation on anemia status and iron metabolism. Results of the trial indicated that vitamin A coupled with albendazole lead to improved anemia-related indicators, as children in this intervention group experienced less vitamin A deficiency and iron deficiency, compared to the groups that received either the deworming medicine alone or no intervention at all. These findings suggest that the efficacy of deworming and vitamin A interventions, for improving vitamin A and iron status, may increase when implemented simultaneously.

The British Journal of Nutrition. 2016