Anaemia is a condition which occurs when you have a deficiency of haemoglobin. This is an iron rich protein and is what gives blood its red colour. Haemoglobin enables red blood cells to carry oxygen from the lungs to tissue throughout your body. Red blood cells are produced regularly in the bone marrow. To produce haemoglobin and red blood cells, the body needs iron, B12, folate and other nutrients.
If you have anaemia, this means your body does not have enough healthy red blood cells to carry adequate oxygen to the tissues in your body which can make you feel tired and weak.
Anaemia affects more than 1.6 billion people around the world.1 The most common cause of anaemia in Singapore is iron deficiency.