Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care

ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year
: 2016  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 276--280

Anemia and its determinants among women of reproductive age of a slum in Kolkata: A focus group discussion among health workers in a slum of Kolkata


Aparajita Dasgupta1, Kaushik Sarkar1, Ranadip Chowdhury2, Arindam Ray3, Bhaskar Shahbabu1 
1 Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, All India Institute of Hygiene and Public Health, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
2 Independent Researcher, New Delhi, India
3 Vaccine Delivery, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, India

Correspondence Address:
Kaushik Sarkar
Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, All India Institute of Hygiene and Public Health, 110, C. R. Avenue, Kolkata - 700 073, West Bengal
India

Context: Anemia is a major contributor to morbidity and mortality among women of reproductive age. Progress toward reducing the burden of anemia has been little despite efforts through decades. Aims: We conducted this study to unearth the microlevel determinants of anemia among women of reproductive age. Settings and Design: This qualitative study was conducted in Urban Health Centre (UHC), Chetla. Subjects and Methods: A focus group discussion was held among all the eight health staffs, who were involved in reproductive and child health-related service delivery under UHC, Chetla. Analysis Used: A thematic analysis of the transcript was performed. Results: We found that socioeconomic factors like poverty and social neglect, diet and nutrition related factors, lack of personal hygiene, and worm infestation contributed to the burden of anemia, and this was reinforced by factors related to service delivery, such as lack of supply of drugs and supplements, and inadequate training of health workers as well as poor media accountability. Conclusions: Because of easy reversibility and implementation, health service delivery-related issues should be addressed closely through monitoring and evaluation and appropriate and timely action should be taken to improve the effectiveness of the services.


How to cite this article:
Dasgupta A, Sarkar K, Chowdhury R, Ray A, Shahbabu B. Anemia and its determinants among women of reproductive age of a slum in Kolkata: A focus group discussion among health workers in a slum of Kolkata.J Family Med Prim Care 2016;5:276-280


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Dasgupta A, Sarkar K, Chowdhury R, Ray A, Shahbabu B. Anemia and its determinants among women of reproductive age of a slum in Kolkata: A focus group discussion among health workers in a slum of Kolkata. J Family Med Prim Care [serial online] 2016 [cited 2020 Jul 2 ];5:276-280
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