Type of Resources

Dissertation/Thesis

Date Created

11-2021

Abstract

Iron deficiency anemia (IDA) is a significant global health issue that disproportionally impacts individuals living in resource-limited countries. Access to professional healthcare in these regions is limited and rural communities often rely on specific community members for their basic health care needs. These community members, commonly referred to as community health promotors (CHPs), are seen as knowledgeable in informal or traditional healing practices and are often sought out when illnesses are present. This is a dynamic that could be cultivated and promoted to prevent and treat early stages of IDA. With culturally tailored support and education, advancing the healthcare knowledge of local CHPs might result in an increased awareness of IDA with the ultimate goal of empowering them to educate community members about prevention and early intervention. This scholarly project developed a culturally malleable, simple, low-cost educational program about IDA prevention and early intervention designed for CHPs in rural, resource-limited regions. The educational program was based on evidence from an extensive literature review and informed by a panel of experts using the Delphi technique. The evidence-based practice model by Rosswurm and Larrabee (1999) underpinned the project as a whole.

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