Girl Guides Anemia Prevention Badge Project
FANTA and the Regional Center for
Quality of Health Care (RCQHC), in partnership with the African Regional Office
of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), designed the
Girl Guides Anemia Prevention Badge Project, a program to reach adolescent girls
in East and Southern Africa with information and activities on anemia prevention
and control. Under the program, Girl Guides (ages 7-18) can earn a badge in anemia
prevention through educational programs and community involvement in anemia control.
FANTA and RCQHC developed an Anemia Prevention Badge Handbook and Workbook for
the Girl Guides as well as a training manual for Girl Guide leaders.
and iron deficiency remain at epidemic levels among women and children in many
nations. Iron deficiency anemia (IDA) is associated with 22% of maternal deaths
and 24% of perinatal deaths, according to a recent meta-analysis. Correcting anemia
of any severity reduces the risk of death, the analysis also showed. These estimates
of the maternal and perinatal deaths associated with IDA underscore the importance
of implementing a package of interventions, such as the Girl Guides badge project,
to address the multiple causes of anemia.
Both the English and French versions
are available for download here. Due to file size, the English version of the
Guiders' Training Manual is also available for download by section.