VITAMINS AND SURVIVAL
ANCHOR LEAD: SIMPLE SUPPLEMENTS IN PREGNANCY CAN INSURE CHILDRENS’ HEALTH, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Iron and folic acid, two cheap and easily available supplements given during pregnancy, help a woman’s offspring survive, a Johns Hopkins study has shown. Parul Christian, an international health expert at Johns Hopkins, and colleagues, followed women given these micronutrients and then assessed their children many years later.
CHRISTIAN: We randomized women to receive different combinations of micronutrient supplements and then recently we followed the offspring to look at long term benefits of the supplementation that they had received during the pregnancy. The children that we assessed in the follow up study we about seven to eight years of age and we looked at the difference in their survival. What we found was that the group of women that had received iron and folic acid supplements their children had the best survival patterns. :32
Christian says completing the circle by showing a clear benefit to the children helps make such a program more persuasive to government and funding officials. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.