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Iron+Folic Acid Distribution and Consumption Through Antenatal Care: Identifying Barriers Across Countries

The supplementation of iron-folic acid (IFA) tablets as part of antenatal care (ANC) is an important intervention for prevention and control of anemia. The results of this 22-survey analysis showed that although ANC attendance is high (83%), adherence to the ideal supplementation regimen was low (8%). This analysis provides a useful schematic for decision-makers to identify programmatic “falter points” to consuming 180 IFA tablets: ANC attendance, IFA receipt or purchase, IFA consumption, and the number of tablets consumed.

Public Health Nutr. 2015