According to the World Health Organization (WHO) anemia is defined as the level of hemoglobin below 13.0 g/dL for men, below 12.0 g/dL for non-pregnant women and below 11.0 g/dL for pregnant women. In children the WHO defines anemia as the hemoglobin below 11.0 g/dL for the age of 6-60 months age, below 11.5 g/dL for the age of 5-12 years old, and below 12.0 g/dL for adolescents of 12-15 years old.

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