What are K4Health Toolkits?

K4Health Toolkits are electronic collections of carefully selected information resources on a particular topic for health policy makers, program managers, and service providers. They are based on a continuous publishing principle that allows them to evolve after publication to capture additional resources and to identify and fill remaining information gaps.


What is the purpose of this toolkit?

The purpose of this toolkit is to provide information, resources and tools that will assist in advocating for and implementing anemia prevention and control programs using an integrated package of services. The resources in the toolkit will be useful in advocating for increased funding for and attention to anemia prevention and control and in the design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluating of programs.


Who developed this toolkit?

The Maternal and Child Integrated Program (MCHIP) Nutrition Team developed the toolkit by selecting published and gray literature on the prevalence, causes, and consequences of anemia and effective programs to address it. The team has identified programmatic experiences malaria and helminth experts, multi-lateral organizations, and universities.


What types of resources are included?

The resources include links to scientific articles on the prevalence, causes, and consequences of anemia and program.


Who are the intended audiences?

  • Policy makers can use the information in the Toolkit to identify research and information to develop anemia control strategies and guidelines.
  • Program managers will find guidance on selecting the best integrated package of interventions to prevent and control interventions. The Toolkit suggests components of an integrated package and gives program guidance for improving program implementation. The toolkit provides information for program managers working in health, education, and agriculture.
  • Communication professionals will find tools to develop evidence-based behavior change communication messages using qualitative research and some examples of BCC materials developed in some countries.
  • Research institutions will find guidance on monitoring and evaluating anemia control programs with some examples of questionnaires that can be adapted for baseline and endline surveys.
How do I get started using this toolkit?

Please visit the Landing Page which gives guidance on how you might want to use the toolkit. To get familiar with the content of this toolkit, use the navigation to view the resources relevant to key program topics. You can also use the search box if you what you are looking for or have a specific item in mind.


Many of the journal articles are under copyright restrictions for the full article. When we cannot provide the full article, we have linked to the abstract which is available for free. In many cases we have provided resources in pdf format. Some of the resources are available in adaptable formats (e.g., Microsoft PowerPoint). We encourage you to adapt these tools so they are useful for you but please credit the original source. If you do use these tools or adapt them, we would love to hear from you. Please email us at toolkits@k4health.org and include the name of the toolkit in the subject line of your message.


How can I suggest a resource to include in this toolkit or comment on the toolkit?

This toolkit is a living resource!  Please send us any comments on the toolkit, suggestions for change and materials and tools you have developed. We are interested in reports on the outcomes of anemia prevention and control programs, either an integrated package or single components. Please send any suggested resource here.