Dr. Christopher Charles, who holds a PhD in Biomedical Science and Epidemiology from the University of Guelph, has seen tremendous results in the amelioration of iron deficiency and anemia in rural Cambodia. Here is a snapshot of the impact:
- By 9 months there was a dramatic and sustained increase in circulating levels of iron in the blood and iron stores in the body.
- By 9 months the incidence of clinical anemia was halved.
- Premature births rates have dramatically declined.
- Children with restored iron levels have shown improved cognitive development and focus in school.
What started as a doctoral research project in Cambodia now has a full staff behind it and is actively pursuing aid across the globe. A little bit of innovation–turning a hunk of iron into a cultural good-fortune symbol–goes a long way.