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Table 1 Baseline characteristic of Vietnamese schoolchildren by group after random assignment (n = 221)

From: Efficacy of iron fortification compared to iron supplementation among Vietnamese schoolchildren

  Fe + MEB (n = 72) Fe tablet + MEB (n = 76) MEB (Control) (n = 73)
Male sex (%) 48.6 51.3 46.6
Age (month)1 87.3 ± 11.6 86.4 ± 9.8 87.9 ± 10.2
Haemoglobin (g/L)1 107.6 ± 6.9 108.4 ± 6.7 108.9 ± 6.5
SF (μg/L)2 46.8 (33.3 – 66.4) 54.2 (39.7 – 72.4) 54.5 (37.8 – 79.7)
TfR (mg/L)1 6.0 ± 1.3 5.9 ± 1.1 6.2 ± 1.4
Body iron (mg/kg)1 6.0 ± 2.3 6.6 ± 1.9 6.3 ± 2.7
SF < 12 μg/L (%) 1.4 0 1.4
TfR > 8.5 mg/L (%) 2.8 1.3 5.5
  1. 1 Mean ± SD
  2. 2 Geometric mean (25 and 75 percentile)
  3. Fe + MEB: Iron-fortified noodles and mebendazole
  4. Fe tablet + MEB: Iron supplementation and mebendazole
  5. MEB: Mebendazole