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Preventing Anemia

SPRING is supporting USAID’s efforts to reduce anemia at local, national, and global levels. Affecting approximately two billion people worldwide, anemia is an urgent public health problem caused by a complex interaction between malnutrition, infectious diseases, genetics, and other factors.

SPRING’s anemia prevention and control activities involve using data and the latest evidence to characterize and address the causes of anemia in different settings and populations. SPRING aims to build coordinated and sustained country ownership of anemia efforts, leading to a global reduction of anemia and a positive impact on health and economic well-being.


Jennifer Akello (R), a SPRING/Uganda staff, explains to Members of Parliament about SPRING/Uganda’s work in the prevention and control of anemia and stunting through policy influence, food fortification and distribution of vitamin and mineral powders. This was during the inaugural Uganda Parliamentary Forum on Nutrition.
July 2017
The Uganda Parliamentary Forum on Nutrition, the first of its kind, was launched on June 20, 2017 with the support of SPRING/Uganda and other USAID-funded partners. USAID implementing partners SPRING, FANTA, Advocacy for Better Health, and Communicat...
Namutumba MNP launch participants
March 2016
Uganda, like many other developing countries, suffers from a significant burden of iron, vitamin A, and zinc deficiencies. Additionally, iron deficiency anaemia affects almost 50 percent of children between 6 – 23 months of age and 30 percent of wome...
Collage showing a MNP packet, a sign of Namutumba, a presentation of data, and a SPRING vehicle
February 2017
Micronutrient powder (MNP) distribution is a promising intervention for reducing anemia in young children, but successful implementation requires a better understanding of effective programming. In Uganda, the Ministry of Health is interested in prov...