Last updated on September 2018

Iron Fish for Dominican Republic (DR) Infants


Brief description of study

This study evaluates the feasibility of cooking with an iron ingot, Lucky Iron Fish (LIF), and evaluate the natural history of hemoglobins and iron status among infants of families using this iron ingot in a population with a high prevalence of iron-deficiency anemia. Participants are mother-infant dyads, and are randomized to one of two arms: Lucky Iron Fishor enhanced standard of care.

Detailed Study Description

Iron deficiency and iron-deficiency anemia contribute significantly to global pediatric morbidity, predominantly affecting women and preschool aged children in resource-limited settings. Iron-deficiency in infancy has been linked to neurodevelopmental delay.

Current methods of iron repletion and supplementation have proved inadequate. The Lucky Iron Fish is a iron ingot, the size of a small bar of soap, that is made of pure iron. When boiled, it releases bioavailable iron into water, which is then used for food preparation and/or drinking. Participants in the LIF arm are instructed to acidify the water with citrus juice (provided).

All participants are followed at the same intervals to complete questionnaires and study-related labs.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT03606993

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Clarisse Casilang, MD

Ninos Primeros en Salud
Consuelo, Dominican Republic
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