Asia Regional Meeting on
Guidance on Implementing Effective Programs to Prevent Calcium Deficiency and Anemia to Improve Maternal and Newborn Outcomes 3 May 2012
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)
Panel 2: Making Anemia Control Programs Effective: What Have We Learned? How Anemia Control Can Inform Calcium Supplementation 10:40–11:00
Country Presentation: IFA Supplementation through Community Workers in Nepal
Discussion (Moderator: Tina Sanghvi, Alive and Thrive)
Presentation: Review of Making Maternal Calcium Supplementation and Anemia Control Programs Effective
Small Groups to Develop Calcium and Anemia Scale-Up Maps
Presentations on Scale-Up Maps from Group Work
Wrap-Up: Next Steps for Program Implementation and for Measuring/Tracking Success