Duke Univesity students plan study on awareness of anemia

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Mar 29, 2014 02:13 IST

A research, to assess the impact of dietary intake of iron in containing the common complaint of anemia in women will be conducted by 10 medical students from Duke University, in Mumbai. The students are visiting Mumbai for one week, from March 30 to April 4.

For the study, 13 students from the Bright Start Fellowship International School would function as medical scouts. The study is a being conducted under the initiative, "Let's Be Well Red" started by Rajvi Metha two years back, who herself was a 'thalassemia minor' then. The campaign aims at identifying prospective anemic women and helping them to overcome the problem by consuming an in-house manufactured iron rich bar called, GudNess.

"The study's long term goal is to spread awareness about tackling anemia by using iron coupled with other nutrients like flaxseed, groundnuts in addressing the problem of anemia," said Dr Pragna Mehta, principal of Bright Start Fellowship international school.

A sample size of 400-600 women between 18-35 years would form the subject for the study. On the first day, the importance and purpose of the study will be explained to the women participating in the study, by Duke Medical and their consent will be requested.

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