A SOTE Pilot Project - Identifying and Reducing Anaemia

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A SOTE Pilot Project - Identifying and Reducing Anaemia

SOTE have always supported innovative projects which address the needs of those living in rural poverty. In September, we started a pilot project with CRUSADE which aims to help 100 adolescent girls to identify if they are suffering from anaemia and offer treatment and guidance.

India has the highest rate of anaemia in the world and this affects 55% of the country’s female population. Anaemia is the most common nutritional deficiency disorder and while it is both preventable and treatable, adolescent girls are especially vulnerable to it and are at higher risk of mortality. The lack of access to healthcare combined with the lack of knowledge of anaemia means that adolescent girls are not being diagnosed and are not receiving the necessary treatment. This causes weakness, fatigue and a lack of energy which in turn hinders their development and ability to advance with their education.

CRUSADE will use portable haemoglobin analysers to provide an instant and accurate diagnosis of anaemia. The girls who receive a positive diagnosis will be provided with the necessary support on a case by case basis. This pilot project will create awareness of anaemia and encourage other adolescent girls to seek treatment.

The pilot project will be monitored closely by a Medical Officer and CRUSADE’s field staff. There will be monthly meetings with the adolescent girls participating in the pilot and testing will be carried out every quarter. SOTE plan to expand this project to reach more adolescent girls in 2018 if the trial goes well. 

Tom Edwards