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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


Decision Trees for Anemia Control and Calcium Supplementation


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




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


Supply-Side Considerations


Country Presentation: IFA Supplementation through Community Workers in Nepal


Discussion (Moderator: Tina Sanghvi, Alive and Thrive)



AFTERNOON 13:00–13:30

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


Small Groups to Develop Calcium and Anemia Scale-Up Maps


Tea Break


Presentations on Scale-Up Maps from Group Work


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

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