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Asia Regional Meeting on

Guidance on Implementing Effective Programs to Prevent Calcium Deficiency and Anemia to Improve Maternal and Newborn Outcomes 3 May 2012

Meeting Objectives:

To present and discuss global scientific evidence on the impact of calcium supplementation and anemia control interventions in reducing maternal and neonatal mortality and other poor health outcomes.

To review and discuss country programmatic experiences and progress in implementing integrated maternal anemia control programs, with a focus on iron-folic acid (IFA) supplementation.

To review existing programs and give guidance on implementing maternal calcium supplementation programs, building on the experience with anemia control programs.

To identify next steps for introducing and/or scaling up calcium supplementation and anemia control programs.

DAY 1 MORNING 9:00–9:10

Opening Statement – Welcome, Objectives of the Meeting, and Introductions

Panel 1: Calcium and Anemia: Prevalence, Burden of Disease, and Programmatic Considerations 9:10–9:30

Overview – Burden of Calcium Deficiencies and Anemia in Asia and Middle East and Evidence for Their Impact on Maternal and Neonatal Mortality

9:30–9:50

Decision Trees for Anemia Control and Calcium Supplementation

9:50–10:10

Country Examples on Gaps and Facilitating Factors for Calcium Supplementation (use of the scale-up map tool)

10:10–10:25

Discussion

10:25–10:40

Tea Break

Panel 2: Making Anemia Control Programs Effective: What Have We Learned? How Anemia Control Can Inform Calcium Supplementation 10:40–11:00

Demand-Side Considerations

11:00–11:20

Supply-Side Considerations

11:20–11:40

Country Presentation: IFA Supplementation through Community Workers in Nepal

11:40–12:00

Discussion (Moderator: Tina Sanghvi, Alive and Thrive)


12:00–13:00

Lunch

AFTERNOON 13:00–13:30

Presentation: Review of Making Maternal Calcium Supplementation and Anemia Control Programs Effective

13:30–15:00

Small Groups to Develop Calcium and Anemia Scale-Up Maps

15:00–15:15

Tea Break

15:15–16:30

Presentations on Scale-Up Maps from Group Work

16:30–17:00

Wrap-Up: Next Steps for Program Implementation and for Measuring/Tracking Success


Nutrition Meeting Agenda  

Nutrition Meeting Agenda

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