The main objective of this study is to find out the effect on postpartum Vitamin D status, neonatal calcium metabolism and postnatal growth. It will also determine the association between maternal genital colonization and chorioamnionities and To determine the association between maternal genital colonization and early-onset neonatal infection.
The training of the Community Health Workers (CHWs) for the Acceptability Study began from 1st November, 2012. The Study began from October, 2012 and continued till July, 2013. A total of 149 pregnant women were recruited for the study. 20 women withdrew from the study due to various personal reasons. Hence, a total of 129 women completed the study successfully. Each study participant was enrolled for 26 days. The participants were given supplements initially for a 4 day Run-in period at Shimantik. Then they were visited at their homes by the CHWs and given a one week dosage of supplements. This was followed by two more dosages of one week each.
At the end of the study, the participants were given G-Iron capsules and Calcium tablets for the remainder of their pregnancy at free of cost. They were also given a certificate to show their participation during the study.
All study documents and collected data were sent to icddr,b Data Management section for processing and analyzing.