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A Comparative Evaluation of Multiple Micronutrient and Iron–Folic Acid Supplementation during Pregnancy in Pakistan: Impact on Pregnancy Outcomes

This study evaluated the acceptability of multiple micronutrient supplementation and its potential benefits on pregnancy outcomes and maternal micronutrient status in a cohort of pregnant women in rural and urban Sindh, Pakistan through a cluster-randomized design. 2,378 pregnant women were assigned to receive either iron–folic acid or multiple micronutrient supplements. The supplements were administered fortnightly by community health workers who performed home visits to assess tolerance and observe the mothers.

Food and Nutrition Bulletin Bhutta et al December 2009
  • South Asia
  • Research
  • Scientific publication