From Molecular Pathways to Economic Impediment: Anemia and Malnutrition in the Developing World
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AbstractAnemia is a serious global health issue. However, there is a disproportionate skew of anemia in the developing world versus the more developed western world. The three common causes of anemia are iron deficiency anemia, anemia of inflammation, and genetically linked causes of anemia. This paper outlines the molecular basis of anemia, common causes, treatments and prognosis for each cause of anemia. In addition, this paper offers a brief overview as to why there is such a disproportionate number of individuals in the developing world who suffer from anemia, and how such a skew impacts national productivity and public health. Finally, this paper looks at private and public sector contributions to fight anemia in Sub-Saharan Africa, and how these interventions can be improved in the future in order to better fight anemia and give individuals a chance to escape the cycle of poverty, malnutrition, and premature death.
Degree ProgramHonors College
Molecular and Cellular Biology