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March 29, 2005 - Press Release
Helen Keller International Receives $12 Million Grant from CIDA To Reduce Child Mortality

New York – Helen Keller International (HKI) has signed a $12 million grant with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).  The purpose of the grant is to reduce under-five mortality by ensuring high and sustained vitamin A supplementation (VAS) coverage as the cornerstone of a low-cost, high-impact package of child survival interventions.  Effective vitamin A supplementation has the potential to reduce mortality rates in children aged six to 59 months by an estimated 25%. In sub-Saharan Africa, it is estimated that over 42% of children are at risk of vitamin A deficiency (VAD) and that controlling VAD will prevent over 645,000 deaths per year.  CIDA is one of the major enablers of VAS worldwide. 

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