Battling Anemia in Adolescents of India

Published on October 11, 2023

Anemia is a widespread health issue that affects millions of people. NFHS-5 data shows that more than 67 percent of children in India had some degree of anemia. While anemia can affect individuals of all age groups, adolescents are particularly vulnerable to this condition due to a variety of factors, including inadequate nutrition and lack of awareness.

Anemia is a condition characterized by a deficiency of red blood cells or a decrease in the quality or quantity of hemoglobin in the blood. It can significantly impact the overall health and development of adolescents, affecting their academic performance and overall quality of life. Several factors contribute to the prevalence of anemia among adolescents in India are poor nutrition, inadequate awareness and menstruation in adolescent girls without proper nutrition and iron supplements.

We at CRY UK are committed to ensuring the rights of children and improving their overall well-being.

We work with partner organization to ensure -

  1. Regular Hb Testing: We work closely with communities in India to facilitate regular hemoglobin testing for adolescents, which is crucial for early detection and intervention.
  2. Iron Tablet Distribution: To combat iron deficiency anemia, we provide iron tablets to adolescents.
  3. Raising Awareness: We conduct awareness campaigns and educational programs in communities to raise awareness about anemia, its causes, and its consequences. We emphasize the importance of a balanced diet rich in iron, vitamins, and minerals.
  4. Nutritional Support: We also work to improve the overall nutritional status of adolescents by supporting community initiatives that promote the cultivation of iron-rich crops, kitchen gardens, and nutrition education.

Our efforts to combat anemia among adolescents improved health and resulted in better academic performance for many children. However, the fight against anemia is an ongoing one. Help us reach out to more communities and adolescents. Donate to CRY UK today!