HKI-Indonesia Provides Update of Tsunami Relief Initiatives
Supplementation with micronutrients (SUM) represents one of the most cost effective ways to save lives and prevent disease. Vitamin A and zinc are the two key nutrients for children under 5 yrs of age that are proven to reduce mortality from diarrhea and measles by 30-50% and to reduce the incidence and severity of diarrhea, pneumonia, and malaria by 30-40%. Other vitamins and minerals, such as iron, are important as well and can substantially improve health, especially in the context of poor food availability and poor sanitary conditions. HKI is currently supporting the distribution of 4 vitamin and mineral (V&M) products.