Anaemia affects particular people.
But it also affects the social and economic conditions of a community.
If children do not develop normally, they will not be healthy adults.
They will not be able to work as well when they are older.
Adults who suffer from anaemia will not be able to care for their children as well.
And they may not be able to work as hard to provide food for their families.
Recently, the WHO and UNICEF promised to work harder to fight anaemia world-wide.
Solving a wide-spread health problem can be extremely difficult.
Experts must test the solutions and prove them safe.
The solutions must not cost too much.
And communities must be able to effectively copy the care methods.
They must be able to provide the medicines that people need.
Solving the world-wide problem of anaemia will not be easy or simple.
First, many people are not able to improve their diets.
They are not able to get healthy food.
Second, there are many diseases that threaten much of the world’s population - diseases like HIV, malaria and tuberculosis.
Sometimes it seems like these diseases are the most important.
More people fight to stop these diseases.
So, the WHO and UNICEF know that they have a big fight in front of them.
By 2010, they hope to reduce the reported cases of anaemia by one third [1/3].
They hope to train communities and health care workers to recognize the symptoms of anaemia.
The WHO and UNICEF want to provide easy and low-cost methods to test blood for haemoglobin levels.
Preventing anaemia is the most important goal.
But, increasing knowledge of anaemia is also very important.
What does anaemia look like in your community?
What can you do to improve the situation?