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OBJECTIVE To assess the vitamin A and iron status of lactating women. DESIGN A population-based cross-sectional descriptive study. SETTING A semi-arid rural area of Makhaza in Zimbabwe. SUBJECTS Two hundred and seven lactating women with babies aged 2-12 months. METHODS Serum retinol (SR) was measured by HPLC, serum ferritin (SF) by ELIZA,(More)
UNLABELLED Child stunting and anemia are intractable public health problems in developing countries and have profound short- and long-term consequences. The Sanitation Hygiene Infant Nutrition Efficacy (SHINE) trial is motivated by the premise that environmental enteric dysfunction (EED) is a major underlying cause of both stunting and anemia, that chronic(More)
Doubts have been raised about the effectiveness of carotene-containing foods in improving the vitamin A status of populations at risk. We investigated the effect of papaya and carrots on the vitamin A status of lactating women with 2- to 12-mo-old infants in ZIMBABWE: The women were randomly assigned to three supplementation groups and a placebo group, and(More)
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