Iron deficiency affects more than 3.5 billion people in the world mostly women and children in the developing countries. In order to deal with this issue, the concept of iron fish emerged, i.e. “The Lucky Iron Fish” project that got developed by Canadian health workers in Cambodia in 2008. The team discovered the revolutionary solution for this issue in Cambodia because there almost half of the population is iron deficient. The aim of the project was to provide a cheap source of iron. The 3-inched iron fish of Dr. Charles weighs 200 grams and provides 75% of the daily recommended intake of iron for adults, aiming to dilute the issue. The results were amazing.
Couple of years back the mental and physical growth of the children in Cambodia was very slow and most of the children were born with the risk of death. The team started under the name of Iron Fish and then it got changed later on to the Lucky Iron Fish. It really came out to be lucky for those who lived in Cambodia.
Using the fish is very easy. It should first be laced in a cooking vessel with a few lemon drops and boil it for approximately 10 minutes. The Iron fish will not change the taste of the food, but will only add sufficient amount of iron in it.
It has be quite hard to convince the people from rural areas to use it, however. The tireless efforts did not go in vain, and now, people in Cambodia use the iron on daily basis. The small Iron Fish made the Cambodian children healthier and stronger. In 9 months only, 50% reduction was seen in the cases of anemia.
The aim of this project is to diminish the issue with iron deficiency from each developing country in the world. Now, women in Cambodia are more aware about the Iron Fish and use it frequently in their cooking. There are more than 2,500 families who use it on daily basis.
The people from Cambodia accept it due to it being easy for using and it is not too costly. This metallic fish has a great potential to eradicate the issue with anemia which is a major public health problem.