The Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition
Vol. 35, No. 1, 2016, pp. 1-8
Bioline Code: hn16015
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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The Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition, Vol. 35, No. 1, 2016, pp. 1-8
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Anaemia is typical of pregnancies: capturing community perception and management of anaemia in pregnancy in Anambra State, Nigeria|
Onyeneho, Nkechi G. & Igweonu, Obianuju U.
Background: Anaemia during pregnancy continues to constitute significant challenge to maternal health in Nigeria
and contributes substantially to the worsening maternal mortality ratio (MMR) in Nigeria despite a global reduction
in MMR in response to effort to improve safe motherhood. The incidence of anaemia during pregnancy is still high
(>40 %) in Nigeria, and attitudes and management practices are yet unclear as the peoples’ understanding of the
phenomenon remains unclear. This study explored the perceptions/attitudes on anaemia during pregnancy and
practices to prevent and/or manage it in Anambra State.
Methods: In-depth interview and focus group discussion data were collected from health workers and mothers
who delivered within 6 months preceding the study and from mothers and husbands of women who delivered
within 6 months preceding the study, respectively.
Results: The people expressed some knowledge of anaemia, being common in pregnancies. However, some
expressed the view that anaemia being a typical sign of pregnancy cannot be prevented. Some mothers expressed
desire for focused antenatal care services to control anaemia but lamented the attitude of the health workers, who
make access to these interventions difficult.
Conclusions: Control of anaemia in pregnancy should start with providing health education to pregnant women
and their partners, who reinforce what the women are told during antenatal care, and with training health workers
for friendlier attitudes to clients.
Anaemia in pregnancy; Attitude; Management; Nigeria; Perception
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