Welcome to Spotlight.
I’m Liz Waid.
And I’m Mike Procter.
Spotlight uses a special English method of broadcasting.
It is easier for people to understand, no matter where in the world they live.
Imagine a baby boy.
Let’s call him Manuel.
Manuel is born in a poor area of Mexico.
He is his parent’s third child.
Manuel’s mother has been tired a lot during her pregnancy.
But she has been working hard to prepare for her new baby.
Imagine that Manuel is born three weeks early.
He is a little small.
But, he seems healthy.
A few months after birth, Manuel’s parents observe that he does not cry very often.
He seems tired a lot and he rarely moves.
His parents know that something must be wrong.
But, they do not know what it is.
Manuel’s situation is common all around the world.
In fact, up to half of all children and pregnant women in developing countries will suffer in a similar way.
They do not have enough iron in their diets.
This particular condition is called Iron Deficiency Anaemia.
Iron Deficiency Anaemia is not always life-threatening.
But, if people do not treat it, it can become very dangerous.
You may have heard a Spotlight program about anaemia before.
In that program we told about the effects lack of iron can have on a person’s body.