Women of Reproductive Age And Awareness Of Iron Deficiency Anemia

Amna Ashraf, Bilal Akram, Hira Umbreen


Objective: To assess the level of awareness about causes, prevention and treatment of iron deficiency anemia among women of reproductive age in city Bahawalpur in province Punjab of Pakistan.


Method: Cross sectional study was conducted by using a self designed standardized pretested questionnaire in peripheral areas of Bahawalpur, city of pakistan from January 2016 to December 2017.Women aged 16-45 years without any previous history of medical or gynecological problems were recruited.


Results: A total 360 women were surveyed for Iron Deficiency Anemia (IDA).69.4% women (n=250) were aware of the term IDA, with the highest proportion of 78.5% falling in age group 26-35 years. Most of the women were aware of the fact that their diet contains iron and its importance in health. Women, who had children and of working class had greater knowledge about the iron deficiency anemia.

 Conclusion: Awareness regarding IDA is directly linked with the educational and social status of a community and is found to be increasing with the passage of time with exploration and accessibility to media and health care facilities. Women of younger ages are more concern about their own health and much careful about their expected babies in terms of nutritional facts as compared to the elder ladies.


Iron deficiency anemia; Reproductive age

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