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Do you know that 3.5 billion people in the world are affected by iron deficiency?
Mostly children and women in the developing countries are found to be the victims of anaemia. To deal with this issue, the concept of iron fish emerged. "The Lucky Iron Fish" project was first developed by Canadian health workers in Cambodia in 2008.
Dr. Christopher Charles and his team discovered the revolutionary solution for iron deficiency in Cambodia, as it is the country where almost half of the population is iron deficient. This project aimed to provide a cheap source of Iron. Dr. Charles' three-inched iron fish weighs around 200 grams and provides 75% of daily recommended adult iron intake and aims to dilute the problem of iron deficiency.
The project has shown surprising results in Cambodia. Let's find out about some more interesting facts related to the iron fish.
Few years back, the physical and mental growth of children in Cambodia was too slow and majority of the children were born with the risk of death.
For the people of Cambodia, the project really came out to be lucky.
First, place an iron fish in a cooking vessel with few lemon drops and boil it for around 10 minutes. Iron fish does not alter the food taste, it only adds sufficient amount of iron to it.
Convincing the rural people to use Iron Fish was quite difficult for the health workers. But, their tireless efforts didn't go in vain. Nowadays, people in Cambodia are using the lucky iron fish on a daily basis.
The project has shown some unbelievable results in Cambodia. Just in 9 months, 50% reduction was seen in the cases of anemia.
Anemia is certainly a major public health issue and this metallic fish seems to have a lot of potential to eradicate the problem.