Fothergill, Amy: Travel Grant - 2017-2018

College of Human Ecology
International Nutrition
Project Title: 
Improving Vitamin B12 status in Women of Reproductive Age in South India
Project Abstract: 
Vitamin B12 deficiency is an urgent threat to maternal and child health, and the burden in India is among the highest in the world. However, there is little data on vitamin B12 status among women of reproductive age, and no studies have been conducted to date in this high-risk population in Southern India. We plan to examine the burden and correlates of vitamin B12 deficiency, as part of an ongoing periconceptional surveillance program in Southern India (PI: Finkelstein). The proposed project will provide critical pilot data to inform my dissertation research, and help characterize the burden of vitamin B12 deficiency in a high-risk population. Together, findings will help to inform interventions to improve maternal and child health in Southern India.