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35% of women in Kyrgyzstan suffer from some degree of anemia.

Thirty-five percent of women in the Kyrgyz Republic suffer from some degree of anemia, finds the Kyrgyz Republic Demographic and Health Survey.

Most of these (26% of all women) have mild anemia, while 8% have moderate anemia, and less than 1 percent have severe anemia.

Compared with estimates from recent Demographic and Health Surveys, the prevalence of any anemia among women age 15-49 in the Kyrgyz Republic in 2012 (35%) is higher than that in Armenia (25% in 2005) and Moldova (28% in 2005), similar to the prevalence in Azerbaijan (37% in 2006), Kazakhstan (36% in 1999), but lower than in Turkmenistan (47% in 2000).

The anemia rate decreases with age.

The prevalence of mild anemia is higher among breastfeeding women (31%) than among pregnant women (18%), or among women who are neither pregnant nor breastfeeding (26%). The prevalence of moderate anemia is more than twice as high among pregnant women (19%) as among women who are breastfeeding women or neither pregnant nor breastfeeding (8% each), or among women from any socioeconomic group.

Women in Issyk-Kul and Talas regions are most likely to be anemic (51 and 41%, respectively) compared with women in other regions (17-39%). The prevalence of anemia varies little by other background characteristics.

A comparison of anemia rates from the 1997 and 2012 surveys indicates that, during the past 15 years, the prevalence of any anemia among women age 15-49 has decreased, from 38% in the 1997 KgDHS to 35% in the 2012 KgDHS.

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Date:Mar 15, 2014
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