The World Health Organization estimates that nearly 2
billion people are anemic – 800 million of whom are women and children under
the age of 5 – and it is estimated that half are due to iron deficiency. Anemia
in pregnancy increases the risk of miscarriage, stillbirth, and
low-birth-weight thus increasing risks of infant mortality. In newborns and
infants this leads to risks of stunting, blindness, decreased cognitive performance, spinal and
brain defects. And in children iron deficiency anemia ranges from inhibiting
ones’ ability to learn to an increased risk for heart problems and stroke
But thanks to your support, HBI is preventing and treating iron deficiency anemia, stunting its ability to further compromise the wellbeing of our mothers and children. And here’s how.
Treating anemia is pretty straightforward. It does, however, require a holistic approach that focuses on prevention, treatment, and collaboration – which is where HBI steps in.
Our model is a collaborative approach that incorporates best practices established through the Peruvian Ministry of Health and global leaders in anemia detection (Entia) and treatment (Lucky Iron Fish). Project implementation is facilitated at the local level, enrolling 500 families, through the Peruvian Ministry of Health in the District of Cayma, Father Alex Busuttil and the Catholic Parish of St. Helen’s, and local health promoters. HBI convenes key partners, fosters a collaborative process, and undertakes project evaluation through a 12-month community-based research project. The ultimate goal is creating a turn-key program that prevents and treats anemia in all families living in poverty.