Prevalence of iron deficiency anaemia among school children in Kenitra, northwest of Morocco

Abstract Number Theme Presentation Type Cover Approved
0552 Prevalence and risk factors for micronutrient status(deficiency, overload) Poster Not Approved


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Iron deficiency anaemia is an important health problem in Morocco. This study was conducted to estimate the prevalence of anaemia among school children in Kenitra. The sample represents school children of all educational levels and age ranged between 6-15 years


The level of hemoglobin, haematocrit, mean corpuscular volume, mean corpuscular hemoglobin and mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration was measured in a group of 271 school children. The seric iron was assessed and anaemia was defined when hemoglobin < 11.5 g dL(-1). A questionnaire was developed to obtain information about the daily food consumption and socio-economic conditions


. The prevalence of anaemia was 16.2%. The mean hemoglobin concentration was 12.53 g dL(-1) in boys and 12.52 g dL(-1) in girls. The results suggest that iron deficiency is an important determinant of anaemia in this population. There was a significant relationship between education of the mother and anaemia in children (p = 0.004) but not with the family income


It is concluded that anemia is less prevalent in this study and it was found to be higherin children who take foods of both plant and animal sources less frequently

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