Iron deficiency anaemia affects almost half of the world’s pregnant population with 20% of maternal deaths directly related to anaemia. Over half of the world’s maternal deaths caused by severe anaemia occur in South Asia. Inadequate weight gain and micronutrient intakes during pregnancy are associated with low birthweight and maternal mortality. Our research seeks to understand and address the drivers of iron deficient anaemia in low-income countries and further the evidence base about what works, how and in what context.
In Nepal the CAPPT trial will evaluate the effect of two home-counselling visits to pregnant women with tailored iron folic acid supplementation, plus monthly participatory learning and action women’s groups, on haemoglobin levels at 28-32 weeks of pregnancy.
In India the CAPPT trial will evaluate the effect of two home counselling visits to pregnant women with tailored iron folic acid supplementation on haemoglobin levels at 28-32 weeks of pregnancy.
Interventions will be tested through a non-blinded cluster-randomized controlled trial with concurrent process evaluation.
Comprehensive Anaemia Programme And Personalized Therapies (CAPPT): Protocol For A Cluster-Randomised Controlled Trial Testing The Effect Women’s Groups, Home Counselling And Iron Supplementation On Haemoglobin In Pregnancy In Southern Nepal (Research Square, June 2021)