The Global Impact of Anemia on Women and Girls: SCD, Malaria, Obstetric Hemorrhage, Inherited Bleeding Disorders

San Francisco, CA US
December 5, 2014

This symposium will provide an overview of the pervasive global burden of anemia in women and girls, highlighting etiologies such as iron deficiency, sickle cell disease, malaria, obstetric hemorrhage, and rare inherited coagulation disorders that are prevalent among specific communities. Six faculty from several disciplines will address the areas of prevention and treatment, including a review of current diagnostic tools and effective treatment strategies that are in use or under development. They will also describe the international networks available to capture information about these issues and to deliver appropriate healthcare to remote or underserved communities. Faculty, joined by a specialist in obstetrics/gynecology and bleeding disorders, will then address issues and questions from a comprehensive, multidisciplinary perspective.
Anemia is a global health issue and disproportionately challenges girls and women, especially pregnant women.  The global anemia prevalence in 2010 was estimated to be a third of the world’s population with prevalence in females higher in most regions and ages.  Anemia is most likely found in people with low socioeconomic status, low body weight and in postpartum females.  It is an independent risk factor for decreased quality of life and increased morbidity and mortality.  This symposium addresses syndromes that are the main causes of worldwide anemia.


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Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this symposium, participants should be able to:


  • Identify reasons for the increasing gender gap in anemia resolution and the multiple factors that particularly contribute to anemia in women and children
  • Apply the most promising strategies for the prevention and management of anemia and iron deficiency anemia among women and children
  • Articulate the global impact of anemia in girls and women with SCD, particularly in low-income countries, and consider the specific issues and apply best practices concerning contraception and management of pregnancy
  • Name barriers of hydroxyurea use in girls and women with SCD that might make management/treatment of such patients challenging and apply optimal local solutions
  • Comprehend the global burden of malaria, especially in women of childbearing age, and why it is particularly devastating to pregnant women and neonates
  • Evaluate current strategies to prevent malaria in pregnancy and distinguish between which strategies are most feasible given location and patient population
  • Describe the epidemiology of obstetric hemorrhage and related risk factors in low- and high-resource countries
  • Construct protocols for managing both anticipated and unanticipated cases of obstetric hemorrhage
  • Recognize very rare bleeding disorders that are “common” among specific ethnic groups and discuss the role that culture and marriage within closely related small populations may have in promulgating these bleeding disorders and/or others
  • Identify and access global databases and networks for information on inherited coagulation disorders


Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 3.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)
  • 3.75 Attendance
Registration Opens: 
Registration Expires: 
Activity Starts: 
12/05/2014 - 7:00am
Activity Ends: 
12/05/2014 - 11:00am
Hilton San Francisco, Union Square, Golden Gate 6-8
333 O'Farrell St
San Francisco, CA 94102
United States

Andra James, MD, MPH
Activity Medical Director
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Duke University
Durham, North Carolina


Available Credit

  • 3.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)
  • 3.75 Attendance
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