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Anaemia, iron deficiency and susceptibility to infection in children in sub-Saharan Africa

Jonker, Femkje. A. M, te Poel, Elodie, Bates, Imelda ORCID: and Boele van Hensbroek, Michael (2017) 'Anaemia, iron deficiency and susceptibility to infection in children in sub-Saharan Africa'. British Journal of Haematology, Vol 177, Issue 6, pp. 878-883.

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Globally, anaemia, iron deficiency and infections are responsible for a large part of the morbidity and mortality occurring among children. As iron is essential for erythropoiesis and the human immune system as well as a crucial element for many pathogens, these three morbidities often interact. This review considers the question – have the studies conducted so far unraveled the potential complex interaction between these factors sufficiently enough to be able to develop universally applicable guidelines about iron treatment in children. It is imaginable, however, that the area is to complex and diverse, with many sub-populations, and that not universal, but tailor made guidelines are needed based on some agreed principles.

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Additional Information: "This is the pre-peer reviewed version of the following article: Jonker, F. A.M., te Poel, E., Bates, I. and Boele van Hensbroek, M. (2017), 'Anaemia, iron deficiency and susceptibility to infection in children in sub-Saharan Africa, guideline dilemmas.' Br J Haematol. , which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving." Special Issue: Low to middle income countries (LMIC)
Subjects: WA Public Health > Health Problems of Special Population Groups > WA 395 Health in developing countries
WS Pediatrics > Child Care. Nutrition. Physical Examination > WS 115 Nutritional requirements. Nutrition disorders
WS Pediatrics > Diseases of Children and Adolescents > By System > WS 300 Hemic and lymphatic system
Faculty: Department: Clinical Sciences & International Health > International Public Health Department
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Depositing User: Stacy Murtagh
Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2017 13:45
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2019 08:23


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