Piloting Strategies to Reduce Anemia Among Women in the Fishing Industry in Ghana

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Key Information

More than a third of all women of reproductive age in sub-Saharan Africa are anemic. Women from low-income communities involved in fish-smoking may be at increased risk because of inadequate diets, exposure to infectious pathogens, as well as particulate matter and other pollutants through smoke. Researchers are piloting three strategies to reduce anemia in fish-processing communities in Ghana: promoting anemia reducing lifestyle changes, improving market competitiveness and incomes, and introducing enhanced fish smoking technology and practices. This project aims to evaluate the feasibility and scalability of the programs, and to inform the design of a full randomized evaluation in the future.

Lead Implementing Organization(s)


Sub-Saharan Africa


Government Affiliation

Non-governmental program


2017 - 2019


SNV Netherlands Development Organization, VOTO Mobile

Ministry Affiliation



University of Ghana; University of Michigan

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Areas of Work Back to Top

Education areas

Other skills

  • Financial literacy
  • Life skills/sexuality education
  • Vocational training

Cross-cutting areas

  • Economic/livelihoods (including savings/financial inclusion, etc.)
  • Mentorship
  • Nutrition
  • WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene)

Program participants

Target Audience(s)

Other community members - female


Not applicable or unknown

School Enrolment Status

Not applicable or unknown

School Level

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Other populations reached

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Participants include

  • Other

Program Approaches Back to Top

Health and childcare services

  • Malaria prevention

Learning while working

  • Vocational training

Reducing economic barriers

  • Financial literacy training

Program Goals Back to Top

Education goals

Not applicable or unknown

Cross-cutting goals

  • Improved financial literacy and savings
  • Improved nutrition
  • More equal power in relationships
  • More equitable gender attitudes and norms