Table 2

Change in haemoglobin, iron status indicators, and worm infection after 6 months of intervention among Vietnamese schoolchildren

Fe + MEB (n = 72)

Fe tablet + MEB (n = 76)

MEB (Control) (n = 73)


Change in Haemoglobin (g/L)1

17.8 ± 7.62

21.2 ± 10.72

14.5 ± 8.52

Change in SF (μg/L)1

18.5 ± 30.92

111.7 ± 76.52

-6.5 ± 27.1

Change in TfR (mg/L)

-0.4 ± 0.92

-0.8 ± 0.92

-0.4 ± 0.92

Change in Body iron (mg/kg)1

1.5 ± 1.92

4.2 ± 1.92

-0.1 ± 1.6

Anaemia (%)

T0

83.33

84.23

83.63

T6

9.7

6.6

15.1

SF <12 μg/L (%)

T0

1.4

0

1.4

T6

0

0

0

TfR >8.5 mg/L (%)

T0

2.8

1.3

5.5

T6

2.8

0

0

Ascaris (%)

T0

62.5

67.1

68.5

T6

41.75

47.44

41.14

Trichuris (%)

T01

77.8

72.4

63.0

T65

15.23

47.43

47.95

Hookworm (%)

T0

8.3

10.5

8.2

T6

05

1.35

1.45


1 Significant difference between group (one-way ANOVA): 1p < 0.001;

2 Significant difference within group before and after intervention (t test); 2p < 0.001;

3 Significant difference within group before and after intervention (McNemar); 3p < 0.001; 4p < 0.01;5p < 0.05;

Fe + MEB: Iron-fortified noodles and mebendazole

Fe tablet + MEB: Iron supplementation and mebendazole

MEB: Mebendazole

Thi Le et al. Nutrition Journal 2006 5:32   doi:10.1186/1475-2891-5-32

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