Landmark Malawi trial boosts iron levels in pregnant women

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A world-first study exploring new ways to fight anaemia in developing nations has found a single iron infusion can significantly reduce iron deficiency in pregnant women, compared with daily tablets.

The finding, driven by a collaboration between Australian and Malawian researchers, paves the way for more effective health policies to reduce the global health burden of anaemia, which remains one of the most avoidable causes of illness and death in resource-poor nations. 

The Wire’s Aryana Mohmood spoke with leading anaemia expert and Division Head at the Walter Elisor Hall Institute (WEHI), Professor Sant-Rayn Pasricha, about the impacts of this trial and challenges pregnant women in developing countries face. 

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