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WORKSHOP ON IRON DEFICIENCY ANEMIA:

ITS EFFECTS AND THE NEED TO ENGAGE THE DISAPORA

(see pictures below)

 

ABSTRACT:

A workshop was organized on the 17th of March 2018 in Karlsruhe and the main goal was to create awareness and engage the diaspora in understanding iron deficiency anemia and its devastating effects in the population, especially women in Cameroon and Africa at large.

During the workshop emphasis was made on Iron deficiency anemia which is a condition in there is a lack of adequate healthy red blood cells and also insufficient iron. It is worth noting that many African women suffer from Iron deficiency anemia and that in itself is one of the main causes of bareness among African women. The following symptoms, causes, risk factors of anemia where discussed:

SYMPTOMS

  • Extreme fatigue

  • Pale skin

  • Weakness

  • Shortness of breath

  • Chest pain

  • Frequent infections

  • Headache

  • Dizziness or lightheadedness

  • Cold  hands and feet

  • Inflammation and soreness of your tongue

  • Fast heartbeat

  • Poor appetite, especially in infants and children with iron deficiency anemia

CAUSES

  • Loss of Blood

  • Lack of Iron in diet

  • Pregnancy

 

RISK FACTORS

  • Women. They are at greater risk of iron deficiency anemia because of menstruation and other factors.

  • Infants and children. Children with low birth weight or children born prematurely.

  • Vegetarians. People who do not eat meat.

  • Frequent blood donors.

  • Low vegetable and fruit consumption.

COMPLICATIONS

  • Heart problems (can lead to rapid or irregular heart beat)

  • Problems during pregnancy ( miscarriages, low birth weight babies)

  • Growth problems (delays growth and development, susceptibility to infections

  • Lower or no chances of conception (Bareness)

 

OUTCOME OF OUR PREVIOUS AWRENESS PROJECTS ON IRON DEFICIENCY ANEMIA IN CAMEROON IN 2014 AND 2017

 

Child birth is very important in the African culture and such life can be a living hell for an African woman who is married without a child. In Our previous awareness projects in Cameroon in 2014 and 2017, women were randomly selected, among whom were married women with kids, others without kids and searching and some singles who also wanted kids. It was also quite interesting to note that, some women had 1 kid and years later were not able to conceive. During the awareness project women who identified themselves with the above symptoms went for blood test in the health center. More than half of them tested positive for iron deficiency anemia with values ranging from 6.9 -9.7. It meant that the women had very low and unhealthy red blood cells. At the end of the project, they were handed free iron supplements. Between two weeks and a month later, some of the women became pregnant; some had miscarriages while orders successful had their babies.

 

 

WORKSHOP IMAGES