Prenatal Iron Supplements: Safety and Efficacy in Tanzania

2014-08-27 03:13:52 | BioPortfolio


The purpose of this study is to determine safety and efficacy of prenatal iron supplementation in an area of high malaria burden among women who are not anemic or iron deficient.


Iron deficiency anemia and malaria are urgent public health problems in sub-Saharan Africa, including Tanzania. There is a paucity of good quality randomized trials assessing the safety and efficacy of iron supplementation in pregnancy, and its effects on perinatal health outcomes. Prenatal iron supplementation is recommended based on its demonstrated benefit in preventing and treating maternal anemia. There is limited data on the efficacy of iron supplementation on pregnancy outcomes, including birth weight. There are also concerns regarding the use of iron supplementation, particularly among non-anemic women. In particular, there is a lack of research on the safety and efficacy of prenatal iron supplementation in developing regions, characterized by extensive burden of iron deficiency, malaria, and other endemic infectious diseases. Evidence from randomized controlled trials is urgently needed to examine the safety and efficacy of iron supplements among pregnant women in malaria endemic regions, particularly among women who are not anemic.

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Control: Placebo Control, Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Caregiver, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor), Primary Purpose: Prevention




Iron, Placebo


Muhimbili University of Health And Allied Sciences
Dar es Salaam
PO BOX 65001


Not yet recruiting


Harvard School of Public Health

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T03:13:52-0400

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