Today, over 51% of Indian women between the ages of fifteen to forty-nine are anaemic, according to the Global Nutrition Report in 2017. Anaemia is a common, yet neglected health issue that affects children, adolescent girls, and women in India and across the globe. In fact, over 55% of Indian women experience anaemia and it is often considered as a direct or indirect cause of maternal deaths. As a result, the government is taking preventative measures to make the country anaemia-free.
Government’s efforts to fight Anemia
Since 1975, the Indian government has purposed a goal towards fighting anaemia by providing iron-folic acid supplies to pregnant women in addition to prenatal blood tests. However, in spite of such efforts, the distribution, maintenance, and free supply are still limited due to the lack of knowledge. So, how are women surviving the efforts of this common iron deficiency?
In the state of Rajasthan, the maternal mortality rate is 445 to 100,000 births. A woman named Raj who was 21 years old and pregnant with her third child, stated her lack of knowledge about her nutrient deficiency. In fact, out of the 30 tablets of folic acid she had received, she had only taken one. When asked why she described the discomfort and nausea she felt after taking it.
Ayurvedic medicine for Anaemia
Recent reports claim that traditional medicines have proven to increase the risk of Hypophosphatemia, a condition caused by low levels of phosphate. In fact, the Injectafer infusion side effects may result in individuals with hypophosphatemia may exercise severe swelling and clammy skin. Although other research suggests that women should boost their daily consumption of yogurt and ghee, they must also include pure turmeric to help balance the body’s dosha, according to Ayurvedic medicine.
Today’s Women of India
Through the voices of women in Rajasthan, Pradesh, and rural India, the next step is to redefine the current rate of anaemic patients and boost prevention in young girls before they reach pregnancy. Through preventative measures in a school-based programme, women and families can learn more about iron deficiency and its consequences on their health and their future children.
As such, it can be addressed by raising awareness, interventions, and recognizing the weakness of current strategies in prevention. Through such efforts, India can reduce the effects of anemia in women and children.