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January 5, 2006 - Press Release
A Call for Action About Vitamin A in Africa.

New York – In a recent analysis, Helen Keller International (HKI) determines that nearly half of all children in sub-Saharan Africa are at risk of vitamin A deficiency (VAD).  In an article of the Food and Nutrition Bulletin, Victor Aguayo, UNICEF Regional Nutrition Advisor for West and Central Africa and former HKI Regional Nutrition Advisor, and Shawn Baker, HKI Regional Director for Africa, published their findings from 11 nationally representative VAD surveys conducted in sub-Saharan Africa.  The authors have identified VAD as a major challenge facing Africa in the coming years and issued a call to action to meet this urgent need.  Produced by HKI, the article was funded by the United States Agency for International Development, the Canadian International Development Agency, and the Micronutrient Initiative (MI).

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