Postgraduate (MPhil/PhD) student, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo


Consequences of National supplementation programme during pregnancy

Anaemia is the most common nutritional problem during pregnancy. Reducing maternal anaemia and preventing iron deficiency are the leading global concerns. Therefore, World health organization (WHO) recommended daily iron and folic acid supplementation and postpartum vitamin A mega dose as a public health intervention to improve pregnancy outcomes and reducing maternal anaemia in pregnancy. In line with that, most of the countries including Sri Lanka implemented National supplementation programmes during pregnancy. However, the nutritional problems are still prevailing and there is no country specific evaluation data on supplementation programme. My study aims to explore the distribution of blood concentrations and the effects of iron, vitamin A, and folate among women during pregnancy and post-partum and in their offspring following micronutrient supplementation as per National Maternal Health Programme in Sri Lanka.
My research intend for a wide audience including policy-makers, their expert advisers, economists and technical and programme staff in ministries and organizations involved in the design, implementation and scaling-up of nutrition actions for public health. The study pave the pathway to make informed decisions on the appropriate nutrition actions to combat nutritional anaemia. The suggestions, steps and course of actions proposed in my study will help the health care professionals with clear and simple recommendations and to consider on appropriate thresh hold levels to prevent nutritional deficiencies during pregnancy. This study is envisioned to contribute in the discussions among stakeholders when selecting or prioritizing interventions to be undertaken in their specific context.