Anemia and Micronutrient Supplementation
Anemia represents a significant public health concern in Brazil, with prevalence rates of anemia or borderline anemia reaching 95% in some INMED project areas. Chronic iron deficiency anemia can result in long-term, permanent impairment of child development.
A key component of INMED’s Healthy Children, Healthy Futures program in Brazil involved treating children with low or borderline hemoglobin levels with Rarical iron and micronutrient supplements donated by Johnson & Johnson and Janssen-Cilag. Treatment was reinforced through the provision of iron-rich vegetables from school gardens and nutrition education to promote healthier eating at home, reducing the rate of anemia from 1 in 3 children to fewer than 1 in 10 children in specific areas.
Over the past 23 years, the Healthy Children, Healthy Futures program has reached more than 60 towns in 15 states across Brazil, improving the health, lives and futures of 3 million children and leading a process of positive change that has engaged 5 million family and community members.